Be willing to face any challenges or misfortunes that arise on your journey, and challenge—within yourself—any resistance that arises in the form of doubt or perceived obstacles. Change the way you think about things. View every obstacle as an opportunity for further growth, and greater success. Opportunities, moreover, must be met halfway. You can only have the opportunity to be successful if you try.
Every time we set out to start something new, we have to face doubt and fear in the face. On the outset of something we are deeply inspired to do, we may hear voices of negativity wonder aloud: “What if this fails completely?” “Is this even worth the energy?” “What will people think?” To overcome these questions, it is helpful to be reminded that we can only take one step at a time, facing each fear one by one, telling it to “Get out!” when it arises.
By trying, even if in the end we feel that we have not achieved our starting goals, we can at least be happy knowing that we did our best along the way.
“Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.” —Paramhansa Yogananda
Fear blocks the positive energy flow that we must attune to in order to attract success. It is like a wall of negativity that we run into and must overcome again and again in order to be free. Here is an exercise for overcoming fear:
Face fear head on! Practice imagining the worst thing that could happen with regards to your current “worry”. Now, ask yourself the following questions:
- What fear do you most need to face in order to achieve success?
- What is the worst thing possible that could happen if this fear came true?
- What does it feel like to have the worst imaginable thing happen?
- Is it as horrible as you thought?
- What other fears can you apply to this practice?
- Do you hold any fear of the unknown that lies ahead?
Create a plan of action for facing any fears or misfortunes that arise in daily life:
- Pause and take a deep breath.
- Reflect on what the true source of the fear is.
- Speak to a friend or loved one, or write it down in a journal.
- What is the exact opposite of this fear? Use this to create an affirmation for strength and power to use against fear whenever it arises.
It is important to use the mind to control life’s events. When mentally rehearsing what we fear the most, we are more likely to attract it. Replace negative thoughts with positive thoughts about what might happen, and rather than creating stressful mental images of the worst outcomes, create joy-filled, positive, and peaceful images of the best outcomes. Live the life you want reflected outwardly, first, mentally.
Each night to let go of all of the failures and successes of the day:
Feel, in your heart, memories of the day. Call to mind those memories, especially, any that may linger as “worries” or “hurts”. Lift them up from your heart to the brain, and forward to the seat of superconsciousness at the point between the eyebrows. Whether in the form of mental images or feelings, offer them to this area of the brain, where our problem solving, joy, and sense of humor reside. In this act of offering, mentally free yourself of any remaining attachment to “failures” of the day, as well as “successes”.
It may help to prevent fears and pains from occurring during the day by placing yourself slightly apart from all that is happening around you. To do this, see yourself as an actor or actress playing in the movie of your life, observing it from afar, yet acting your part. Try to feel that the role you are playing is a part of all that is. As Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi said:
“You have come on earth to entertain and be entertained.”
- How to Create Success in Any Endeavor by Kalamali (book excerpt)
- How to Be a Success by Paramhansa Yogananda
- Affirmations for Self-Healing by J. Donald Walters (Swami Kriyananda)
- How to Have Courage, Calmness, and Confidence by Paramhansa Yogananda