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How to stop letting your fears get in the way of achieving your goals

This three-step exercise can help you overcome your fears...

Fear of failure is a common hurdle when it comes to goal-setting. Instead of letting this fear prevent you from moving forward, why not grab that feeling by the horns and let it drive you?

Tim Ferriss, creator of the four-hour work week (fourhourworkweek.com), has created a three-step exercise to help overcome fears…

As Ferriss told businessinsider.com.au: "You come away from that exercise realising, 'Wow, I was getting extremely anxious and all worked up over something that is completely preventable, reversible, or just not a very big deal.'"

Remember that your failures can be stepping stones to your success.

Inventor James Dyson said, "I made 5,127 prototypes of my vacuum before I got it right. There were 5,126 failures. But I learned from each one. That's how I came up with a solution. So I don't mind failure."

Watch and learn

Need some inspiration from others who've done it? These videos from ted.com will get you in the zone:

1- J.K. Rowling's Harvard University commencement speech, "The fringe benefits of failure"

2- Tim Ferriss' TED talk "Why you should define your fears instead of your goals"

3- Jia Jiang's TEDxMtHood talk, "What I learned from 100 days of rejection"

4- Steve Jobs' Stanford University commencement speech, "How to live before you die"

5- Derek Sivers' TED talk "Keep your goals to yourself"

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