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Fear

Fear: The Number One Roadblock

Many people live their whole lives dreaming about something, but never take the time to really put their time and effort into doing it.

They go through the motions living day-to-day as a prisoner in their own minds not having the courage to take the necessary steps to pursue their dreams because of one reason.

That reason is fear!

All of us are afraid of something, but the one thing we do not realize is that it is all in our minds. It has been said that fear is our greatest enemy.

Fear is behind not pursuing dreams, failure, sickness, and lack of building relationships with others.

Fear is just a thought that people create in their minds to produce a feeling of safety so when you are afraid of something you are really just afraid of your own thoughts.

How to Overcome Fear?

Ralph Waldo Emerson the nineteenth-century philosopher and poet said, “Do the thing you are afraid to do, and death of fear is certain.”

To overcome your fears you have to face them.

I can remember being extremely afraid of speaking in front of a crowd.

Just the thought of it made my throat get tight and knees begin to buckle, but after practicing and doing several presentations in front of peers my fear of public speaking began to disappear with each speech.

It was a wonderful feeling to be able to get in front of people and not be nervous to the point I thought I was going to “black out.”

Before then the fear of my mind going blank, stuttering, or not looking my best were all fears that hindered me from taking the necessary steps to speak in front of others.

Taking the time out to really understand that is was all in my mind and that preparation, practice, and action was what I needed to get rid of that fear I felt much better and more accomplished after conquering it.

When you make that decision to conquer your fears and you face them head first the mind makes a shift with your belief and instead of what you fear being foreign it becomes a part of you.

Visualize yourself conquering whatever fear it is you may have before doing it.

Find a quiet place, close your eyes, and see yourself in your mind doing whatever it is your fear.

Imagine the pounding of your heartbeat, the shake in your limbs, and the strain in your voice.

Give yourself positive self-talk that it is all in your mind and you can do all things you believe you can do.

Take slow deep breaths to calm your nerves and see yourself conquering that fear over and over until you are ready to put it into action.

Don’t be afraid to take chances or risks. Learn to think outside of the box and get out of that comfort zone.

It’s amazing the world that you can open up for yourself if you just open up your mind to the things the world has to offer.

Not everyone is going to like you, not everyone is going to see things from your perspective, and not everyone is going to be attracted to you.

Do not let fear be the reason you do not pursue the things it is you would like to do because it is your duty to live the life you see fit for yourself.

Action

Your Actions Lead to Results

I had a discussion with a friend about the importance of taking action.

I explained that taking action is the most important thing a person can do when it comes to success and growth.

You can have all the knowledge in the world, but if you don’t apply that knowledge then it is useless in the achievement of anything.

One of the biggest differences between the successful and unsuccessful often times is action.

How many times have you heard someone express that they have all these brilliant ideas, but never put those ideas into effect? I’ll wait…

Exactly! I’m sure hundreds if not thousands of time.

Many people have dreams, which is marvelous but a dream is just that until one takes the initiative to turn that dream into reality.

You can have faith, belief, and goals but without any action there is no possibility of results.

We have all been placed here for a reason and quite often people never take the time to figure out their true meaning, their purpose in life.

Sometimes it’s because they don’t believe they can, don’t know how, or are afraid of what might happen.

Many people are comfortable where they are. Not having the courage to live up to their fullest potential.

There are many people that go through life wishing and hoping they had more, but are afraid to step outside of the box to go get what they deserve because they are afraid of change.

They continue to do the same things…living their lives in a rut.

Why is action so important?

I believe action has the ability to build character. Action is always positive because it changes your psyche.

Action has the ability to open up your mind to things you never knew were possible for yourself.

You begin to realize that things you were afraid of or felt like you could not do aren’t as bad as you thought.

Or maybe you realize they are as bad as you thought, but you no longer have the doubt, thus expanding yourself to do other things.

I can remember back when I didn’t know how to swim.

I would always be on the shallow end while my friends were having fun in the deep end.

A friend recommended that I come over to the deep end so I could be a part of the group activities.

I decided to give it a shot.

Having imagined myself swimming and having enough confidence in myself to at least know how to “doggy paddle” I jumped into the deep end and literally began swimming.

I would have never known I could swim if I would have never took action.

After that I learned how to breast stroke, free style, butterfly, and back stroke.

My actions lead to the ability to become an efficient swimmer through practice and a positive mind.

You see action has the awesome ability of removing fear and opening up your mind to a world of endless possibility.

When you take action you gain experience and experience can lead to expertise.

So be brave, but not stupid.

Face that fear and take action now!