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Is it me or has this month of August 2023 just gone by in a blink of an eye?

Life, as we know, is an unpredictable journey. At one point or another, we all face fears that can hold us back from pursuing our dreams or even from simple everyday tasks. While it’s natural to experience fear, letting it dictate our choices and actions isn’t. So, how can we face our fears and continue moving forward? Here are five proven strategies to guide you.

1. Identify and Understand Your Fears

Write it Down: List down everything that scares you. This act alone can sometimes diminish the power that the fear holds over you. When it’s out on paper, it becomes tangible and more manageable.

Research: Sometimes, the fear of the unknown is the strongest. If you’re afraid of something, learn about it. For instance, if you have a fear of flying, understanding the mechanics and safety measures can make you feel more at ease.

2. Expose Yourself Gradually

Baby Steps: If you’re afraid of heights, start by standing on a small stool, then maybe climb a ladder, and eventually consider visiting a tall building’s observation deck. This method, known as exposure therapy, involves gradually and repeatedly facing your fear until it becomes familiar.

3. Challenge Negative Thoughts

Question Your Beliefs: Is your fear based on facts or on assumptions? For example, just because you failed once doesn’t mean you’ll fail again. Challenge these negative beliefs by looking for evidence to the contrary.

Visualize Success: Instead of picturing the worst-case scenario, visualize a positive outcome. If you fear public speaking, imagine yourself receiving applause after your speech.

4. Seek Support

Talk to Someone: Sharing your fears with someone you trust can provide a fresh perspective. They might offer insights or solutions you hadn’t considered.

Professional Help: If your fear is overwhelming, consider seeking therapy. Professionals can offer coping mechanisms tailored to your needs.

5. Celebrate Small Victories

Acknowledge Progress: Every step you take against your fear is a victory. Celebrate it, no matter how small. This reinforces positive behavior and motivates you to keep going.

Build Momentum: As you conquer one fear, you’ll gain confidence to tackle others. It’s like a domino effect – knocking down one leads to the fall of many.

Wishing you all a great start to your week!
Take care,
Shane Wenzel

Shane Wenzel

Shane is the President & CEO of the Shane Homes Group of Companies and the namesake. Shane's responsibilities include strategic direction for the companies, policy advice for the building industry through BILD Calgary, and political involvement through the Alberta Enterprise Group on the economy, making him an industry leader in his field. Shane's sales and marketing background comes from growing up with two entrepreneurial parents, Cal and Edith, and participating in a business advisory group. On the personal side, Shane considers himself a bit of a "tech junky" and social media influencer on various platforms. He's also proudly apart of the LGBTQ community.