What are you afraid of? Speaking your ideas? Having a difficult conversation? Those cruel dressing-room mirrors during swimsuit season?
Well, don’t let the fear of crowds or mirrors stop you. Pushing through the fear is a necessary rite of passage more invigorating than a venti latte. So when you feel afraid, do it anyway.
Take country music star Martina McBride. She’s an industry success story—$16 million in sales, 22 top 10 singles, awards, etc. Fifteen years into her career, though, and she hadn’t yet written or produced her own songs.
But did she let her fear of the unknown stop her? Nope. Instead, she stretched herself creatively—putting her very reputation at stake—by co-writing and solo producing her most recent album in 2007.
The result? A hit single, called “Anyway,” that shot up the charts faster than anything McBride has ever recorded.
The song’s message: You’ve got to do it anyway. Even when it’s tough, and the outcome is known.