A certain amount of fear can be helpful. It can stoke the fires of your ego. A healthy amount of fear can make you feel alive.
Fear can be comforting because it is so familiar. From creation, fear has been present and even helped us stay alive. And yet, at some point fear can become crippling. Fear can be so pervasive that it prevents us from moving forward with confidence to accomplish our wants and desires.
If we let it, fear gives us permission to withdraw from life, to hide from life, and to avoid any kind of effort or action. But deep down, we know that's not what we truly want.
Regardless of what we’ve convinced ourselves to believe, we do not have to live with fear that is so overwhelming that it prevents living life to its fullness. The power of our fear is nothing more than the power we have given it. However, we can choose, right now, and always, to release the fear.
To overcome crippling fear we must take steps to counter with confidence which comes from action. W. Clement Stone said, “Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” Only through action can we obtain the confidence to overcome the fear that has been preventing us from moving forward.
We must release our disabling fear and let it flow from within. We need to resolve to live our life with the power of confidence. Let’s move forward with confidence – it’ll give us the power to change our very world and those with whom we’re surrounded.
It’s normal to be faced with fear when beginning work on new projects. However, we’ve got to learn how to get out of our own way and do the work that’s crying to come through. We need to grab onto our reason for living, remember that the vision comes from something within that cries to get out, and let that flow carry us through.
Being fearless is not something which is being sought. After all, fear can be an advantage until it becomes crippling. Steven Pressfield, American author, said, “The amateur believes he must first overcome his fear; then he can do his work. The professional knows that fear can never be overcome. He knows there is no such thing as a fearless warrior or a dread-free artist.”
Therefore, let’s learn to live and take advantage of healthy fear and overcome the fear that prevents us from moving forward to action which will result in building confidence. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
Think about it…