How do you overcome your fears the first time you do something or on the first day of a new experience?

This is the current “Life Well Lived” Getting Happy question?


Even saying the word evokes an emotion in me.

There have definitely been times in my life where I feel I’ve lived a very “fear-based” life. Meaning sacrificing what I want to do or need to do based on the fear of wanting to keep a situation running smoothly – or even so fearful that I’ve skipped an experience all-together.

Pops has been key in helping me grow in this area. In fact, it’s something that we do together that helps me whenever I have a challenge I don’t feel up to facing. We call it:

“Worst-Case Scenario


We’ve found that if you look at something and consider it’s “worst-case scenario” you will usually find that even if this happens, you will survive. Once you’ve realized you can survive any outcome, the situation doesn’t seem so “big-and-bad” anymore.

This has worked and helped me countless times.

So, how do you overcome your fears? Have any tips to share?

Please do so in the comments section below. To read more on the main post, share your tips, read other’s ideas and to join in the conversation visit Life Well Lived!

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Be Happy (and unafraid)!





3 Comments on Overcoming Fear

  1. hey ms. hunter,

    fears are a big topic in my life i think. i fear alot. i always overthink situations. so my friend told me to try and write a goal down. like i want to get my driver licenz. then i should write what will change to the positiv if i make it and then what will stay the same like its now. or what could possible happen worst. so i will try that out. :)
    thanks for your post!!


  2. I live a fear-based life. People say you should do one thing each day that frightens you, I’ve got you covered!

    I was talking to a friend who has just moved. Her kids have had a couple of days of school and it’s hard. One of them hasn’t even spoken to anyone yet. Her goal for today is to talk to someone. Anyone. That’s how I handle a lot of fear, too. In networking situations I will give myself a goal, usually 3 people, once I talk to 3 people I’m free to go if I still don’t feel good about being there.

    • ooohh I like that 3 person goal!! I think I have kept myself in situations where I’m not comfortable far too long sometimes…feeling like it “should” get better. Why? I don’t know, but I feel like I need to stop doing that to myself. I’m going to use your 3 person goal…if after that I want to leave, I’m going to give myself permission to.

      I feel for your friend and her kids. I moved twice at the beginning of High School…right after I was 2 months into one school, we moved again and I had to start all over. It was awful considering before that I had grown up and lived in a small town going to school with the same kids since kindergarten. I hope they hang in there…it will get better. Thanks so much for your tip!!

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