Tips For Success

20 Tips on Overcoming Fear

by robertr

June 5th, 2009


Dale Carnegie was not big on falling to fear. He was all about confronting it, and letting everyone know that he was in it for the long haul. The following are some quotes from “Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook” the man in his own words on not succumbing to fear:


1. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear does not exist anywhere except in the mind.”  (Carnegie 13)


2. “When you’re afraid, keep your mind on what you have to do. And if you have been thoroughly prepared, you will not be afraid.” (Carnegie 15)


3. “If you want to develop courage, do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it until you get a record of successful experience behind you. That is the quickest and surest way ever yet to discovered to conquer fear.” (Carnegie 20)


4. “ The way to defeat fear: decide on a course of conduct and follow it. Keep so busy and work  so hard that you forget about being afraid.” (Carnegie 22)


5. “Face the thing that seems overwhelming and you will be surprised how your fear will melt away.” (Carnegie 25)


6. “To conquer fear and worry, keep busy!” (Carnegie 26)


7. “Fear is a bully and a coward and all we have to do to conquer fear is to forget that it is there. You can do it.” (Carnegie 27)


8. “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit a t home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” (Carnegie 30)


9. “ Take stock of your fears now and see how many of them are senseless. If you are honest with yourself you will probably find that most of them are groundless.” (Carnegie 31)


10. “ If you want to conquer fear, don’t think about yourself. Try to help others, and your fears will vanish.” (Carnegie 35)


11. “The next time you are appalled by some task, sail into it, accomplish the impossible. It can be done; if you will have the utmost confidence in yourself, you can do it.” (Carnegie 21)


12. “Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes furthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare. The ‘sure thing’ boat never gets far from shore.” (Carnegie 18)


13. “Most of us have far more courage than we ever dreamed we possessed.” (Carnegie 23)

14. “You are never defeated as long as you don’t think the job is impossible.” (Carnegie 28)


15. “ The very best way in all the world to overcome self-consciousness and shyness is to get interested in other people and to think of them and , almost miraculously, your timidity will pass. Do something for other people. Practice deeds of kindness, acts of friendliness, and you’ll be surprised to see what happens.” (Carnegie 29)


16. “Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest steppingstones to success. No other element can do so much for a man if he is willing to study them and make capital out of them. Look backward. Can’t you see where your failures have helped you?” (Carnegie 32)


17. “Do things for others and you’ll find your self-consciousness evaporating like morning dew on a Missouri cornfield in July.” (Carnegie 33)


18. “This is the day of dramatization. Merely stating a truth isn’t enough. The truth has to be made vivid, interesting, dramatic. You have to use showmanship. The movies do it. Radio does it. And you will have to do it if you want attention.” (Carnegie 37)


19. “ The way to acquire enthusiasm is to believe in what you are doing and in yourself and to want to get something definite accomplished. Enthusiasm will follow as night the day.” (Carnegie 41)


20. “You can’t get anywhere in the world without wanting to do something.” (Carnegie 42)

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  1. Jennifer Rai /

    Great post, inspiring blog. Forwarded the 20 tips to our virtual assistants and other friends in small business. Thank you!

  2. karim /

    Very thoughtfull post on overcoming fear .It should be very much helpfull.

    Karim – Creating Power

  3. Pablo /

    There is one additional reason why we should all conquer our fears: a coward has no valid convictions, for when it comes to defend anything, if you are a coward, you will run away.