Fear is one of the biggest enemies to success. Fear disguises itself in many shapes and forms. It’s slick and devious enough to keep you from achieving results without you even knowing it. It can keep you locked in a position to where you can’t move forward and reach that next level of progress.
To be a success you must take risk. This is where fear can take you and your future hostage, and usually for most people it happens in the beginning. When that vision of a bright future comes to the forefront of your mind, fear comes in right away and tells you it’s too risky, or if you do “this” then you may lose “that” if you fail. Fear likes to expose your failure before you even try to do anything! At this point, this is fear trying to shove you into a cage as you envision the outcome of your success.
Fear will lock you up and hold you hostage! But here is the good part… You have the key!
When you are taken hostage by fear, you can see the success from inside this cage by picturing the outcome. Fear wants you to torture yourself by keeping your vision in your imagination and not acting on the possible. Remember, you have the key and all you need to do is put the key in and open this cage. You can free yourself anytime you want! You just need to be willing to do it. Be willing to take the risk toward success.
If you have a fear of failure, a fear of being judged, or a fear of anything that is holding you back from your vision, then this is your time to realize that you hold the key to your future! Fear is just a mindset that needs to be dealt with by you. You have the ultimate control to free yourself from this bondage, now make things happen! Live to succeed, not to survive!
Having a strong mind and body that supports your vision is the basis of a strong foundation. Just like any foundation, you must make sure the elements that hold it together are strong enough to support your framework (vision, plan, execution, and commitment). One of the main elements that strongly supports and holds your foundation together is a strong set of core values.
Core values are principle elements that guide behavior through the growth and development of strong standards that you to follow and live by. Core values define who you are inside and dictate how you perform on the outside. They can either be personal or organizational. They are a decree of what is right and wrong based on a belief system that is devoted to your vision. A strong set of core values can lay out a path to success if you are committed them. When you stay true to your core values and remain committed to them, habits are formed toward a new mindset. A new perception is formed on how you view your path to success.
How will you define what your core values are?
Start with finding out what core values will align with your vision and purpose. Understand what your shortfalls are such as old habits that might keep you from the progression of what you want to achieve. Your shortfalls are anything that will hold you back from performing and achieving. Identify your shortfalls and define what core values will help you eliminate them.
Living by core values requires sacrifice and discipline.
It’s good to start with a short list of up to three to five core values. You don’t want too long of a list especially if they take great sacrifice, because a drastic change may cause to you turn back. The values you choose will recondition your heart and mind if you remain committed to them. Have your list visible as much as possible. When you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up and even before you head out the door, look at your list. If you have a daily calendar or journal you always carry with you, then write them down in a place where they stand out as a reminder of who you are. As you establish habits based off these values, you may want to further add to your list. As your list grows you can adapt to more changes and continue to align yourself more to your purpose and vision.
Each value is more than just a word on a list. You should describe the value and what it means to you personally. Ask yourself specific questions to determine the right core values. Here are some examples, “How are these values going to impact my behavior and attitude, and overall performance?”, “How can these values help me turn away from bad habits that are detrimental to my success?”. Dig deep when asking yourself these questions.