Quick: Think of the most impressive person you know—someone who's really killing it to reach their goals. Now, what qualities come to mind when you think of that person? Perhaps "dedication," "passion," or "intensity"? One word that probably doesn't pop into your head is "fear," but maybe it should. After all, fear of failure is inevitable as we strive to be our very best selves. And you might be surprised to hear that embracing that fear—rather than shoving it down—can be incredibly empowering. Why? Because fear is a powerful emotion. In fact, if you don’t feel some level of trepidation around your deepest desires, you may not be aiming high enough! Harnessing that emotion into something positive is possible, and is clutch for lighting the fire you need to get what you want.
And there are so many ways to bust through those thoughts that keep us awake at night. Here, how to use your sign to overcome your fears and build an indestructible empire.
If you're: Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn
Your Fear Fix is: a vision board
Cardinal signs are starters, initiators, and people who have new ideas all day long. If you’re a cardinal sign, or you have a lot of cardinal energy in your chart, you’re a prime candidate for ruling the world!
That said, fears pull you away from the finish line, and the best way to stay on track is through visual reminders. Make a vision board, write a mission statement—anything that will remind you that the scary email, phone call, or meeting will be so worth it in the end. And keep updating your goals and to-do lists. You’re so driven by ambition, originality, and wanting to be the best that continually raising the bar for yourself will keep you from being dragged down by what-ifs.
When it comes to vision boarding, stars and glitter are your friends!
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If you're: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius
Your Fear Fix is: a friend
Fixed signs are known for their persistence, their grit, and their ability to get it done. You are an expert at turning an idea into reality. Once you make up your mind about something, it will happen, come hell or high water!
Even though you’re the most determined group of the zodiac, that doesn’t mean you’re impervious to fear. Lying awake obsessing about your big new project? Make a list! It will help you focus and work through things in a systematic manner.
Another key way to break away from the fear? Find a friend you trust to talk through issues that arise. Fixed signs can often get stuck in a rut, so if one thing doesn’t work the way you anticipated, your mind may jettison the whole project out of fear. A collaborator can give you new perspective and remind you to take a look at the big picture in between crossing off items on your to-do list.
Veronica Varlow (a Taurus) and I collaborating in Morocco. For fixed signs, finding someone you trust to bounce ideas off is a must!
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If you're: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces
Your Fear Fix is: a bite-sized assignment
Mutable signs are versatile, flexible, and able to see all sides of a situation. Mutables are fantastic at multi-tasking, handling relationships, and being able to dive into the details. As my friend Colin—a card-carrying mutable—says, “Mutable magic is real!”
That said, many mutables have a deep-seated fear they'll miss out if they commit to any one path. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by choices, try picking one project and getting high on the details for an afternoon. Spend an hour figuring out your favorite fonts for your website or making business cards. For you, it’s the little things—the personalized touches and flourishes—that bring you joy and help you stay on task. As a card-carrying Virgo (with a Sagittarius moon and rising), I've found that this is my secret recipe for Getting Shit Done. When I start to get excited about the details of a project, my passion skyrockets... and I become unstoppable.
My clipboard wall helps me (a Virgo) keep my projects organized and bite-sized.
Top Illustration: "Four of Hearts" by Ruben Ireland.
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