3 Steps to Beating Anxiety

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3 Steps to Beating Anxiety

1. Identify the Triggers

The most important thing to know before tackling anxiety is to understand what anxiety is (not just understand the feeling). Anxiety is a form of fear when there is no immediate threat to ones life. Essentially, it is fear of the UNKNOWN. The first step in battling your anxiety is to understand what causes it. I challenge you to carry a notebook for one week. Each time you start to feel anxious, analyze what your day looks like and get a feel of the most challenging topics/subjects/tasks of the day – document it. By the end of the week, you should have a decent amount of notes to reference back on. Where are the trends? What do you see that repeats itself? For example, my anxiety triggers are: getting a call from an unknown number, receiving a challenging email I just don’t have the answer to, and sometimes leading up to an event where I will have to speak publicly. As you can see, when you take a step back and analyze my triggers, it is fear of the unknown! Who is calling me and why? How can I answer this email honestly with the correct information? What happens if I forget the topics I am speaking about?

2. Flip the Script

Flip the script means change your perspective. This is extremely difficult for people due to the need to over-analyze a situation, so I am going to make it really simple. Anxiety is pessimistic, excitement is optimistic. While you may feel fearful about what comes next, try shifting your perspective to a form of excitement. Who is calling me? The president! How can I answer this email honestly with the correct information? Ask for help and give your honest answer – life rolls on! What happens if I forget the topics I am speaking about? I get the opportunity to speak because I have earned it, and I provide valuable information even if I miss a few small points. Life is about opportunities and being excited about those opportunities.

3. Shift Your Energy

Eliminate dwell time in your life. Try turning your TV off and do things you love, preferably active things. I really don’t have much to add other than live the life you want to live. Enjoy your life in a way that you want to enjoy it. Do the things you want to, because YOU CAN.

This post was written by Sean Gibbons. Sean is a visionary set out to challenge the thoughts of today’s generations. You can follow him at:

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5 Character Traits Gained in the Pursuit of a Goal

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5 Character Traits Gained in the Pursuit of a Goal

1. Initiative

Every success must have a beginning. In working towards your goal you have successfully done what many people can’t: start.

2. Optimism

You know you have an incredible idea and you know the whole world will love it once they see how it works. It takes this optimism to start, to continue, and to finish. You have it.

3. Tenacity

Persistent in maintaining, adhering to, or seeking something valued or desired. If success came without tenacity, everyone would be successful. But while everyone has tenacity inside them you know how to act on it.

4. Humility

Success can’t happen without failure. While most people find failing too damaging to their ego and give up, you accept failure with humility knowing there is now one less failure to overcome before you are successful.

5. Teamwork

We live in a global world. Nearly every product, company, goal, or dream will require the help of others if it is to be achieved. Not only do you know this, but you know how to work with your peers to get what you need to succeed.

This post was written by Aaron Aslin. Aaron is an entrepreneur, amateur philosopher, and blogger. He uses his background in marketing to bring people to ideas that inspire, motivate, and create purpose in their lives. You can follow him @aaronaslin and facebook.com/aaronaslin

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