what to do when fear gets in the way

Of all the things standing in your way of getting visible, fear is the one I hear about the most. 
 
I’m talking about a fear of being seen. I’m talking about a fear of being found out and called a fraud. I’m talking about the fears we have that our work isn’t good enough and about the fears that tell us we don’t have anything unique to say. 
 
I’m talking about the fear that we might start getting visible and fail, and the fear that we’ll be so good at visibility that we won’t be able to manage that level of success. (Yes, people actually fear success too.)

Like it or not, I think we can all agree that we have fears around visibility. It’s what you decide to do to manage them that matters. 
 
If you’re ready to start managing those fears so you can reach your visibility goals with more confidence and ease, I’m going to suggest doing a Fear Dump.
 
I learned about this exercise from my friend Sonia Ruyts, who is a talented creative, a yarn shop owner, a blogger and a podcast host; she learned about it from her mentor Megan Flatt. (I say this all to give credit where credit is due here – though I’ve tweaked the exercise just slightly to simplify it for you.) 
 
Here’s how you use it:

Set a timer for 5 minutes.

Grab a journal or sheet of paper and write down all your fears and uncertainties around getting visible. Don’t hold back or edit your thoughts – let them all out.

At the end of the 5 minutes, go through the list and, as you look at each fear, ask yourself: Why is this NOT true? 

 
The beautiful thing about this exercise is that it gets all your fears around visibility out of your head and onto paper where you can observe them. Even better? When you take the time to ask yourself why each thought is NOT true, you invite your curious, creative brain to come up with evidence that pokes holes in your reasoning. 

You create some doubt about your fears and start to see them for what they really are: beliefs, not facts.
 
Now I’d love to hear from you. What’s one fear you have around visibility? Hit reply to share yours and get my support coming up with reasons it’s NOT true. I answer every email personally, and really do want to hear from you and see how this exercise plays out.

With love,

Ashley