I talk to and coach lots of people and the most common thing that gets in peoples way of success is fear.  Most of us have a little voice. He sits on your shoulder and whispers is our ear...

That's dangerous!

Watch out!

Just wait...give it time...

I'm not so sure about that?

And my favorite...I wouldn't do that if I was you!

We often let fear dictate our decisions. However, living a courageous life is one of the best ways to find success in business and in life. In fact, according to Aristotle courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible. Famous positive thinker Dale Carnegie once advised people to do the thing they fear as the quickest way to conquer fear. So how do you banish fear and live the life you want? These 10 might help. 

1. Embrace vulnerability

People who live fear-based lives often have little or no confidence in themselves. If you feel afraid of other people seeing who you are, open up and become more vulnerable.

2. Admit you have fears

In addition to opening yourself up to others, admit you have fears. Identifying what you are truly afraid of gives you the information you need to overcome the fears and insecurities.

3. Face your fears

Exposing yourself to your fears is a great way to overcome a phobia or fear. People who feel afraid of snakes often change their minds after handling snakes with the help of a trained professional.

4. Think positively

Part of a positive attitude is allowing others to love you and show you affection. If you are the kind of person who refuses favors, let others do nice things for you.

5. Reduce your stress

Sometimes you experience fear due to exhaustion. Make sure you eat well, get enough sleep and exercise. Take breaks and take your vacation time. We all need a break. 

6. Demonstrate courage

Another important way to overcome fear is to show your courage. Take the time to help a person who is in a dangerous situation. Instead of ignoring a person in distress, call for help or take bold step to intervene.

7.Know failure but press forward

If you fail, don't curl up into a ball or head to a metaphorical corner. Instead, keep moving forward.

8. Cope with risk and uncertainty

You can conquer your fears by learning to deal with life's uncertainties. If you fear losing your home to a foreclosure, set up an emergency savings account. If you fear losing your spouse to another person or losing your client, figure out what it takes to keep them.

9. Continue to learn

Continue to grow by constantly trying to learn and improve your skills. Take all opportunities learn a new skill. Read top thought leaders books and read everything you can about your industry. The more you know the less risk you have to take to be successful. 

10. Accept your challenges

Stay on the course even after confronting challenges and fears. Instead of hiding face what lies ahead. In many cases, fear is just in your head. Most of what you fear will never come to pass. Don't waste time worrying when you can get ahead by living.

We cant and shouldn't let FEAR drive our decisions. We shouldn't let FEAR stop us from what we want and what we deserve. We shouldn't let fear have control. So deal with FEAR so you can start focusing on the most important things like...accomplishing your goals.