Pushing through FEAR, are you strong enough?

Do you have the commitment to see your vision all the way through?

Many do not know how to overcome or have the strength to push through some of the greatest fears. Fear most of the time is created by what we put within our minds.

My old head coach of the Buffalo Bills Mr. Mike Mularkey has a saying “The greatest fear we have to overcome, is the fear we put into our minds!”Entrepreneurs and Leaders are known for being risk takers and overcoming their fears. We create a vision of knowing we could fail and fail fast. When we do fail, it does not keep us down it makes us want to get up and try again in full force. There is no fear of failure with leaders and Entrepreneurs. Failure means we try something, and it did not go as planned, and we learned from it, learning how not to repeat the same mistake continually.

Do you have a fear of success because of the number of lives you could change, or because you have that power inside of you?

So, what if you are successful, what if you do accomplish your vision?

The world, your workplace, and your family might be a better off. There are other’s out there who are doing what they are passionate about doing while supporting themselves and making a positive impact on others.

Do you like the sound of that, are you ready to break free of your FEAR?(Fear-False-Evidence-Appearing-Real)

The concern is something you should use to empower you and not shame yourself. Fear should never paralyze the actions you need to take; instead, you need to use it as fuel to propel your actions towards accomplishing your vision.

The moment you push through fear and experience success is one of the greatest feelings you will experience in life. This will be the driving force for you to want to create more life successes. When you accomplish life successes, it puts you in a much better state, to live a long, happy, fulfilling life.

Tips To Push Through Fear:

1. Identify your strengths and what you are good at

2. Identify your core tribe of supporters to help build your foundation to your vision

3. Set daily goals that you can track and achieve to build confidence in yourself.

4. Never get complacent when you reach success

5. **At all times you must maintain a champion mindset**(this is the most crucial tip-this will keep fear out of mind like the champs)

I challenge you to put yourself in a spot where you feared achieving success the most and pushed through it to achieve your goals and vision.

Now that you identified that moment of fear you overcame share the experience to help others overcome their fears.


“Marques, you should just go back to coaching football.”

“Marques, you will never make it as a speaker.”

“Marques, just stick with what your good at and coach football.”

Have you ever heard any comments like these before? Why is when you go to chase your vision there are the critics who always want to tell you that you can’t do something, or you will never succeed? When I keynote speak, or coach with my executive coaching clients I refer to this as the “The Avalanche Theory”, this theory was brought to my attention by my good friend Mrs. Mel Robbins. The theory is a challenge for you, to see how you will handle people who will constantly discourage you from chasing your VISION.

When I lost my construction company, and was one week away from being homeless, The Gene Upshaw Trust Program stepped in to help me relocate because my cars, my home and everything else I owned had been repossessed. I relocated from Baltimore, MD. to Cary, NC. where my wife’s family resided. I began to build a business off my football coaching abilities, and it was still not enough to support my family. I ended up getting a full-time night shift janitorial position making $8.25 per hour, which I gave 100% effort to as it was the only job I could get at that time. I went to work during the day coaching kids, and then would work the janitorial job in the evening into the early hours of the morning. It was then one early morning I was taking out the trash, and someone’s spoiled milk got on my skin. I sat on the curb tears began to roll down my face, and it was then I thought this is can not be the rest of my life. I need to be out in society helping others learn from my mistakes so they did not end up going through the same financial nightmare that I had experienced.

I went home sat at the kitchen table, and began to write out my vision. My wife Bonnie was a little hesitant at first, just because of what had been going on in our lives. But she never discouraged me from chasing my vision. There was a handful of people that supported me, the rest constantly discouraged me and were part of “The Avalanche Theory.” It was then I had decided that I could continue to listen to people try to talk me into believing that my vision was not achievable, or it was up to me to build up my confidence to push through all the fears I was experiencing.

Ways to push through “The Avalanche Theory.”

1.    Know your WHY (not just for the money, but why are you genuinely wanting to chase this vision)

2.    Write out daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly goals (be specific, give yourself a timeline so you can track your success and growth)

3.    Hire a Coach/Mentor (to hold you accountable, assist you in achieving your goals, help you through the challenging times)

4.    Daily self-development (through exercise, meditation, hobbies, reading, self-development books, webinars, or podcasts. Time for you to unplug and unwind/rejuvenate yourself)

5.    Believe in YOU (again this where a coach, mentor and finding a core group of people to surround yourself with that believes in your vision and wants to see you succeed is critical)

Take time to reflect on your journey, think of all the obstacles you have overcome and pushed through to get where you are today.

What gives you the confidence to keep grinding? Is it your family, your significant other, your friends, or your relentless desire to be your best?

My challenge to you is to find someone who is chasing a new vision, going for a job promotion, or becoming an entrepreneur. See how you can be of support to them, and their new vision. Can you help them get through the challenging times, be there to believe in them, and most importantly be there to listen?

Always remember having a strong support group will help you achieve your vision and goals!

Marques Ogden, Keynote Speaker

Marques Ogden

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