"Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will." Fear is the most crippling, hindering cog in the path to the success machine. So this articles aim is to pinpoint problems and provide solutions for how to overcome all fear and go forward with bossing up your life, reaching your fullest potential, and seeing your desires manifest to fruition.


We reached out to 1 Awesome World, LLC. CEO and founder Dellian Sharp. Mr. Sharp's company provides one on one personal consulting with an impetus on personal growth and development. Helping their clients identify and overcome their Fear Blocks is a point of specialty for Mr. Sharp and his firm. So he kindly helped us put together Four Steps For Overcoming Fear.

Step 1

Understand Fear. Fear is secretly an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Most of our fears aren't real but rather figments of our imagination.

Understanding that our fears aren't grounded in reality gives us the power to take control over our lives. We worry about consequences that are never as bad as they are in our imaginations, and opinions of others that they don't actually hold.

Fear isn't real.

Step 2

Begin the process of working on self-image and self-assurance. Assertion of your personal power comes from recognizing and acknowledging its existence. Building confidence into your self-image and coming to the reality of your true strength is the key to the gateway to higher heights. Be mindful of your inner dialogue, speak to yourself only in positive affirmations. This allows you the vision to see opportunity and success, where previously you would only see despair and failure.

Step 3

Have a firm definition of courage. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to move forward in-spite of fear.

Feeling feelings of fear will never go away. As a matter of fact those feelings and sensations are how your mind and body are alerted and prepared to make the ideal response. Not letting feelings of fear cripple your movements, but rather using that energy as fuel is the difference between staying stuck in one place, and exponential growth.

Step 4

Understand our enemies.

This becomes day to day warfare with the battlefield being your mind. Your enemies: Worry. Doubt. Fear. Your allies: Faith. Hope. Love.

Being mindful of when WorryDoubtFear pop up and being ready to confront them with FaithHopeLove sets in place the habit of killing off fear before it ever gains a foothold. This means that the battle is won before it has even begun.

Dellian Sharp is CEO and Founder of 1 Awesome World, LLC. For more info or to book Mr. Sharp for a one on one consultation or to speak at your event, please visit www.1AwesomeWorld.com

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The Federal Reserve sets the guardrails for the federal funds rate, and through that helps control the money supply for the nation.

When you take out a loan for a car, charge something to your credit card, or get a personal line of credit, there is going to be an interest rate that applies to your loan.

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The federal funds rate also has a major impact on your investment portfolio. The stock market reacts very strongly to any changes in interest rates from the Federal Reserve, as a lower rate makes it cheaper for companies to borrow and reinvest while a higher rate may restrict capital and slow short-term growth. If you have a significant portion of your investments in equities, a small change in the federal funds rate can have a large impact on your net worth.

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