Maybe you’ve forgotten your childhood.
You were once a fearless little one,
ready to take on the world.
No challenge was too great for you.
Nature has given every human an instinctive desire to protect life. So, when we sense danger, fear is the device that naturally kicks in. It is a defense mechanism designed by nature to keep us safe. When activated on this level, fear is a productive thing. However, when we use fear as an excuse to not try new things and experience life more fully, it can be greatly limiting.
When we go to the edge of our comfort zone and step out beyond what we’ve already done or known, we automatically experience some degree of anxiety or fear. This is a normal process. If you go to a social event and no is present that you are familiar with, you may experience this feeling. Or if you are asked to give a speech at a business luncheon, perhaps you feel afraid.
The difference between those who achieve their dreams and those who don’t lies in what they do with fear. Extraordinary people feel the fear, understand it as a sign of growth, and then move past it. Others use fear as an excuse to retreat back into their comfort zone. Everyone experiences fear. No one is exempt. The only decision we have to make is: What are we going to do with it? Will we let it derail our dreams or use it as a motivation for growth?
Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
Do the Thing You Fear the MostMark Twain said, “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” Most people will tell you they are afraid of failure, but I think just the opposite is true. We know how to fail. We are accustomed to disappointment. It’s success that scares us the most. We’re afraid of our potential greatness, not failing.
There’s something you can do like no other person on the planet. You are a unique creation of life, and therefore have a special destiny. That destiny is tied to the gift and talents you were given at birth. In other words, you have a calling. There is something you’re supposed to be doing with your life and your time on earth, and it is significant and important.
Your job is to find your purpose and fulfill it. The talent is the clue. That special something you can do like no one else is key to finding your purpose. Go within and ask the wisdom that resides there: What gifts have you given me? How can they best be used to improve the world? You will get an answer. It may come immediately, or unfold over time. Be persistent in your asking and the answer will be revealed.
You will know you have the right answer if it scares you a little bit. Our greatness frightens us. Our dreams call on us to be more than we think we can be. Right behind the idea to be more usually comes all of the reasons why we can’t. Don’t let fear stop you. You have more power than you think and more resources than you know.
Take one step in the direction of your dreams. Do the thing you fear the most and watch the doors open in front of you and the path be cleared.