Fear! Sometimes it stops us in our tracks and sometimes it lurks quietly in the background, and that’s really not such a bad thing.
Fear keeps us from blindly driving off a cliff, running into q fire, and diving headfirst into the pool of crocodiles. It’s there for a reason.
The only trouble with fear is that it’s not always reasonable. It can’t distinguish a good risk from a bad one. It only knows danger. It knows nothing of rewards.
That’s why it sometimes tries to protect us from the things we most desire. It stands guard against our dreams, telling us how foolish we would be to keep going (or to even start).
“You’re not ready for this” “You’re in over your head.” “You’re just going to get hurt” “You’re not good enough”
It keeps us from expanding. “Stick to what you know. Stay within your comfort zone. Don’t stray out. It’s so much safer here.”
If we listen, do what fear tells us to do, and avoid what it tells us not to, then, for a time, we <em>do</em> feel safe. We avoid danger.
But we also avoid challenge and we miss out on growth and opportunity.
What if fear was a sign that opportunity was knocking?
If you believe that you are “not as good – or as creative – as that other person” or that your “business will fail” or that you are “not good enough to charge that much“ or you are “nowhere near ready to take on that challenge” then you may just be right. But only if you let fear stop you trying!
Take that fear and turn it around. Think of it as excitement, challenge and opportunity. Think about the rewards and not the risk.
“Feel the fear and do it anyway!”― Susan Jeffers