"Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is taking action in spite of fear."
Fear is what holds many people from stepping forward. My belief is to fear,
'fear' itself, as it to often stops us from living life to the fullest. We
fear the unknown, but until you step outside your comfort zone, you will
not conquer fear. When you face fear head on, as I have so many times, it
is amazing, how easy it is. Often times our perception of what we fear has
outgrown the reality of our fear. Living in fear paralyzes you, conquering
your fears can set you free.
"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."
Lack of action to conquer fear allows it to grow and become a more powerful
force in our lives. By taking action and conquering our fears we no longer
allow them to control us.
"Fear is only as deep as the mind allows"
Fear is not knowing the consequences of ones choices or decisions, but
until you face this fear and step outside, you will never know. Take it on
and bring it on. It is not as you would imagine it to be. You will feel
exhilarated with how you feel. You will be proud of yourself for taking
that step. You will feel your confidence and self esteem start peeking
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that
we are powerful beyond measure. Is our light, not our darkness, that most
frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be. You are a child of
God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing
enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around
you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make
manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us;
it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own
fear, our presence automatically liberates others." Nelson Mandela
The cycle of fear, here is just one example of how your fear might be
affecting your life. Lets say you are R with your FWS and you are afraid of
how your they will react if you try to talk about the A so you just don't
talk about it. The end result is NOTHING happens. If you were to talk to
them about it they may or may not react how you would like them to but
atleast SOMETHING will happen. No matter what happens you can work on the
SOMETHING but there is nowhere to go with NOTHING.
Some more quotes:
"To fear love is to fear life, and those who fear life are already three parts dead."
"Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed."
Something to ponder: What are you afraid of? Do your fears hold you back?
What fears have you overcome? What steps can you take to overcome the fears
that are still holding you back?
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this and any stories or insight you have
to share related to fear.