5 Fears Mentally Strong People Face Head-On

3. The fear of not pleasing everyone.

Posted Sep 21, 2015

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Mentally strong people experience the same fears as everyone else. Rather than avoid the things that cause them discomfort, however, they work to conquer their fears, and are willing to tolerate anxiety-provoking situations in order to reach new heights. Here are 5 common fears that mentally strong people face head-on:

1. The fear of failure.

Failure can cause you to develop inaccurate conclusions about yourself. If a business venture fails, you may decide, "I wasn't meant to be an entrepreneur." If you don't get that promotion you applied for, you might think, "I shouldn't be a leader." But failure doesn't have to be the end of the road.

Mentally strong people are willing to risk failure, over and over again. They use it as an opportunity to gain more knowledge. Then, armed with more wisdom than they had before, they're willing to try again, because they know that failure is an important part of the journey toward success.

2. The fear of rejection.

Whether you're asking for a raise, or posing a question that could bring you a long-term romantic relationship, there's always a chance you could be rejected. For many people, the fear of rejection causes them to shy away from new opportunities.

Mentally strong people aren't immune to the sting of rejection, but they have confidence in their ability to handle the pain when they do get turned down. They accept that they will face rejection at some point, and do not allow it to interfere with their goals. They move forward without letting rejection influence their self-worth.

3. The fear of not pleasing everyone.

Trying to please everyone can cause you to appear neutral on important issues. As a result, you may struggle to find a loyal audience that understands what you stand for and what you're all about.

Mentally strong people don't necessarily offend others on purpose, but they aren't afraid to be polarizing. They know strong feelings are important, so while their efforts may repel those who disagree, their willingness to take a stance can also attract supporters.

4. The fear of change.

You cannot improve if you refuse to grow and change. Yet it can be tempting to avoid something new—a schedule change, a different job, or an unfamiliar opportunity—because change can be stressful.

Mentally strong people, however, embrace change. They know that reaching a new level of success requires a willingness to adapt to the world around them. They're also invested in personal change that will lead to self-growth.

5. The fear of success.

Fearing success sounds slightly ridiculous on the surface: Who wouldn't want to achieve their goals? But the truth is, with great success comes great responsibility, and many people have a deep-rooted fear that they just aren't good enough.

Mentally strong people understand that the more they achieve, the more they stand to lose. Yet, they keep striving to reach new heights because they believe in themselves and their ability to turn their dreams into reality.

Source: AmyMorinLCSW.com

Amy Morin is the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do, a bestselling book that is being translated into more than 20 languages. 

To learn more about her personal story behind the book, watch the book trailer.