Fear Or Freedom
Have you ever heard fear defined as “false expectations appearing real”?
I’ve heard that and others such as the famous one from Franklin D. Roosevelt who said, “The only thing to fear is fear itself.” As a speaker, coach, mentor and trainer, you can be certain that I am on board with all of the sayings that serve to kick fear in the butt and help overcome and dissolve it.
I’ve lived my entire life overcoming one fear after the other.
I can honestly say, today there are few things in life I really fear. However, now and then something happens that sparks a fearful feeling. The instant I recognize it, I pay attention to it and turn it around.
I recently had an accident on my motorcycle and ended up in the hospital for a short stay. I’m fine, however, when it came time to get back on my bike, I admit I felt a pretty strong resistance (FEAR). It’s like falling from or getting thrown off a horse. Getting back up on that horse again takes courage. And getting back on my bike required some fierceness on my part.
I highly recommend facing whatever it is that causes fear in you as quickly as possible.
Whether it’s a fear of asking for a raise you know you deserve or fear of taking the next step in your business or fear of breaking up a relationship you know is not what you really want, face it, embrace it and love it for what the experience has given you. Then kick butt and go for what you really want.
Fear is like a disease that continues to grow when you ignore it. It grows into procrastination, then lethargy. Soon the rationalizing begins and then you never ever move out of fear. You also never find out what’s on the other side of it. I am living proof to let you know that what’s on the other side of fear is exhilaration and freedom.