5 Life Lessons You Will Learn When You Face Your Greatest Fears

Why You Should Not Be Afraid To Challenge Yourself and Take Risks

It’s quite normal that whenever we attempt something new or pursue a big goal, we will experience a certain level of fear.

We can either let our fears stop us from going for what we want, or we can continue moving forward despite feeling afraid. The truth is almost all of our fears are self-created.

In its simplest form, fear is an imagined negative consequence that may or may not occur in the future if we take a particular action. Basically, we scare ourselves by imagining negative outcomes to anything we want to do or experience in life.

Fear can often be disguised as:

When we confront our fears, most times, we will find that they were totally made them up and things didn’t turn out to be as scary as we thought they would.

In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill suggests that, “Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.”

If we can start viewing our challenges or fears from a different perspective, then we are bound to learn valuable lessons and grow in the process.


One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in life is leaving a so-called “secure” corporate career and starting my own business. Operating my own business is a totally different experience to managing someone else’s business and it required me to learn a lot of things quickly.

In my early years in business, I made so many mistakes that had me questioning what I was doing and whether I would get through. I always came back to “why” I started my business in the first place and that always helped me stay committed and inspired me to continue doing what was necessary to overcome the challenges I faced.

While the fear has never gone away, I now know fear is just feedback that I am out of my comfort zone and about to do something I have not done before. That always make it easier to do what’s required to overcome my fears and achieve the outcomes I want.

Here are five life lessons we will learn when we confront our greatest fears, which in turn, will help us deal with future challenges differently and with a lot more confidence.

If we can accept that our fears are mostly made up in our minds, then it will be a lot easier to take new risks in life. The more risks we are willing to take, the more we will grow, which will strengthen our ability to deal with bigger challenges. If we also accept that experiencing fear is very normal when we want to do something new, then setting big goals in life will be a lot easier.

Action Step: Reflect on the last time you experienced a great amount of fear. What caused you to experience fear? How did you deal with it? With the awareness you have now, what would you do differently?

Question: What is another valuable life lesson we will learn when we face our greatest fears?

You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Related Posts

5 Easy Ways To Overcome Doubt And Worry
5 Things You Can Do When You Struggle To Make A Decision
5 Simple Ways To Overcome Failure Quickly
How To Stay Focused On Your Most Important Things In Life
5 Mistakes To Avoid If You Want To Have A Big Breakthrough This Year
10 Uncomfortable Things That Will Make You More Successful

Like This Post?

Sign up for my blog updates and never miss a post. I’ll also send you my ebook titled “How to Set Your Week Up For Maximum Results” as a thank-you.



If you’re a leader that wants your team to perform better, get a free copy of my bestselling book, “Building High-Performing Teams” here: http://bit.ly/2rS1T4F

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Neel Raman

If you’re a leader that wants your team to perform better, get a free copy of my bestselling book, “Building High-Performing Teams” here: http://bit.ly/2rS1T4F