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FINDING THE COURAGE TO FACE YOUR FEARS

2012 March 26 by

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear–not absence of fear.”–Mark Twain

“The unknown” can be a scary place. Taking risks and facing your fears throws you into this scary place and you can’t be sure what the outcome will be. This same risk can also be what makes it exciting.

What are your fears? Flying? Interviewing? Public speaking? Needles? Snakes? Nearly everyone is afraid of something, so don’t feel alone. If you’ve always wanted to conquer one of your fears, read on for some inspiration and motivation.

CLIMB OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

It’s natural to settle into your comfort zone in life. It feels safe and easy. Taking risks and facing fears gets your adrenaline going and brings out flight instincts. You want to run away from a scary situation, it’s natural. But it’s difficult to expand your horizons and grow as a person if you stay hidden away in your comfort zone. So every once in awhile, consider dipping a toe outside of your comfort zone and see how it makes you feel.

GET TO THE BOTTOM OF WHY YOU’RE AFRAID

Do some soul searching and think about why you are so afraid of something. Are you afraid to die? Are you afraid of failure? Or of success? Get online and do some reading about your fear. You might find information that helps you understand the underlying cause of your fear. For example, fear of flying often comes down to a fear of not being in control of a situation – having to trust the pilots to handle problems. At least when you’re at the wheel of your car, you feel in control. Knowing this type of information can help you tackle your fear head on, armed with all the facts.

START SMALL

Before you book that skydiving trip, consider starting with some more reasonable adventures. Head to a part of town you wouldn’t normally go to and eat some exotic food. Drive up to a high elevation and enjoy the view. Look at snakes through the glass at the zoo. Meet a friend at the airport, go shopping, have a meal, and just watch the comings and goings. Consider yourself “dabbling” in facing your fears. Do something different, have fun, and change your perspective a little. Realize that you might feel afraid and take that in, be OK with it.

DIVE IN

Work your way up from starting small, and take bigger and bolder steps until you’re ready to face your fear. Breathe deeply to calm your heart rate, stay hydrated, and remember that you’re in control. You can choose to be brave and courageous, or you can choose to give into fear. Remember that you’re doing this for yourself – to have a better life, to get to know yourself better, and to challenge yourself.

NEED MORE MOTIVATION?

Facing Fear, Finding Courage: Your Path to Peace of Mind

http://www.amazon.com/Facing-Fear-Finding-Courage-Peace/dp/0943233720/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326562596&sr=1-2

Facing and Overpowering Your Fears

http://www.amazon.com/Facing-Overpowering-Your-Fears-ebook/dp/B006NDETBE/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326562596&sr=1-3

Face Your Fear: Living with Courage in an Age of Caution

http://www.amazon.com/Face-Your-Fear-Courage-Caution/dp/0312326726/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326562596&sr=1-4

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TEAM MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

2012 March 26 by

Jennifer Richmond

Paralegal Assistant

1. Where did you work before coming to work at Bankruptcy Law Professionals and what did you do there?

Before I came to work with Bankruptcy Law Professionals, I was a Legal Assistant for The Law Offices of Stevens and DiSante in Littleton. I directed calls and welcomed clients for one attorney while preparing documents, requesting medical records, and managing the office for the other attorney.

2. What will your duties in your new role be?

My new role will be setting appointments for clients, receiving and scanning all documents into client files, scheduling Jesse’s calendar and gathering marketing information for the firm.

3. What do you most look forward to working on?

I look forward to improving my own multitasking abilities while hopefully making my coworkers’ lives smoother and more manageable.

4. Outside of work, what are your interests?

Being a mother of four and a part-time student occupies nearly all of my time! But, I dream of having enough hours in the day to stay in a committed yoga routine – yoga is the best! I am also a Certified Massage Therapist.

5. Why do you like working in bankruptcy law?

Bankruptcy gives people a relatively quick new lease on life – a fresh start. I love assuring people through what can be a difficult time and assisting the firm in providing that bridge to a new beginning.

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