Volume 2, Issue 2 | March 2018
How Much Do You Let Fear Hold You Back?

Too much of what we haven't accomplished is held hostage by fear. The majority of the time we haven't achieved something, it's due more to fear stopping us or holding us back than it is to inability or lack of resources.
The best thing to do with fear is face it. By facing it, one can begin to analyze it to break it down into manageable parts and sources. Instead, too often, we try to suppress it or delay dealing with it. Fear holds us back from too much in life. 
Think of the tools you have at your immediate disposal or that are within your reach. How can you utilize everything in or just beyond your environment to empower yourself? To empower others?
In this issue of The Monthly Leader, fear is considered, as it applies to how we move forward in both our development and leadership. The  Coach It Out Podcasts cover different angles on fear. Quickshots covers the blog post In Your Journey, How Do You Think About Fear and How It Holds You Back? In The Books covers the book Do It Scared, while The Self 60 speaks to the item Face Your Fears.

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Coach It Out, LLC

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No shortage of ideas exists in the Coach It Out Blog . From global to domestic news, business and workplace operations, various ideas are covered.

Confidence is the other side of the same coin as fear. You can't know how to overcome fear without knowing what you can truly do. Confidence is not bravery. It is merely realizing who you are, preparing it, and practicing it.
Your Monthly Check-In
Topic: Dealing with Fear

What is it you fear that keeps you from your goals?

Why do you fear it?

How do you begin moving past that fear?

How does your fear of something today reconcile
to what actually plays out tomorrow?
Great Reads for
Dealing with Fear

Here are some great articles to begin
and continue dealing with fear:

How Fear Screws Up Your Leadership

What's Really On The Line?

Overcoming Fear

Coach It Out's podcasts seek to provide insight, share ideas, and start discussions across four different series.

Check out the introductory episodes for the four series  here .

What would you like to hear about?

What would you like to discuss? Send some ideas.
Episode 8
by Scott Allen

This episode covers a book which calls for us to do things in the face of our fears. It breaks down what the fears might be, where they may come from, and how we can change our thinking. It talks about all the possibilities and opportunities that exist on the other side of that fear.

This book's theme supplements other resources for leadership as it makes us consider what is holding us back, and what it is holding us back from. We have to work to reprogram the way we look at fear.

This is a book for anyone who is realizing what part, whether small or large, fear has played in their life and work. The opportunity cost due to fear is far too high to ignore.
Provides a deeper breakdown of issues, ideas, and concepts covered in the Coach It Out Blog

Episode 12
Provides a deeper breakdown of each of the
items on  The Self 60  list. 

Episode 11
How Coaching Covers:
Dealing With Fear
Ongoing assessment is key to any kind of development. This is also true of overcoming fears. Step-by-step, the source of fear is identified, analyzed, and offset through working knowledge, new insights, an open mind, and the focus and refinement of strengths.
...and can include...

  • A SWOT self-assessment to understand strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
  • Action planning to address obstacles, both perceived and actual.
  • Ongoing self-reflection to see what works and what doesn't.
  • Accountability to maintain momentum moving forward.
Look to Leaders


"But the times of greatest learning for me have been when I've been through big changes, or taken on new roles — you have to move out of your comfort zone and develop muscles that you didn't know you had.

Are you OK with stepping outside of your comfort zone and losing that sense of security and familiarity? Are you able to admit that to others, or do you hold on to that fear?
End Quote
"Fear is a crippler. We all have to work at it. No one is perfect. We all might be haunted by that little, and possibly growing, voice of doubt." ( Read More)

We should always take into consideration and assess what it is we fear and what we forego and surrender because of it. Sometimes we build up the repercussions much more in our head than what would actually play out.

The more open you can be about what you fear, the quicker you can put together a process to deal with it. It isn't, nor will it ever be, an overnight process. It's gradual, can be slow, and, yes, tedious, but it's how you can begin moving forward toward what you want.
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