I write a lot about FEAR in my posts.
I am constantly encouraging you to overcome it.
Learn from it.
But I have never written a post that was dedicated entirely to the subject of FEAR.
I want to do that today because… Fear is not your enemy. Fear is your friend.
True peace came to me in my life when I finally understood that I was strong enough to handle anything life choose to throw at me.
Overcoming Fear became a whole lot easier when I discovered my Faith, and developed a relationship with my Savior.
In fact, one of the things I am the most grateful for in my life is the fact that at the age of 43, I can honestly say that I am ready to face life’s challenges head on because I have discovered so many beautiful truths about fear, and today I will share a few of them with you.
1st truth: Embrace Fear.
When you can learn to welcome it and push past it you can finally find your true destiny waiting for you on the other side.
Life will begin to OPEN up for you.
The things that once held you back will no longer have any power over you.
2nd truth: All growth springs forth from venturing out into the unknown.
Out there beyond those fateful frontiers of the limits you have placed on yourself lives your greatness.
The infinite possibilities available to you in life lie waiting for you in uncharted territory.
You simply have to choose to embark upon that voyage.
3rd Truth: To get everything you want in life, you must be willing to do something you have never done and be someone you have never been.
Where you are in your life right now is a result of the choices you have made in the past.
And you will continue getting what you have gotten unless you do something bold.
Whether it be scuba diving,
Writing a book,
Running a marathon
Or asking a friend for a date…
I want you to go out there and do something that makes those butterflies in your stomach go wild.
This action does not need to directly relate to your life goals.
I have found that the action itself is just kind of like a metaphor for my limitless potential.
Every inch I have decided to step out into the unknown has built a more rock solid, unbreakable spirit inside of me that cannot and will not be shattered.
4th Truth: Self confidence results from successfully having survived a risk.
Thus the form of the risk matters less than the actual level of courage it requires to face it.
The greater the required amount of courage, The greater the rewards on the other side.
As C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.”
5th Truth: Any worthy risk will induce fear.
It is only natural.
Expect it, so you don’t let it stop you.
Then embrace your only freedom:
The only true freedom we can ever experience as humans can be found inside the space that lies between any stimulus you might encounter in life…and your response to it.
By choosing to focus on the pleasure that is waiting for you on the other side of fear, you shut down the influence of the “possibility of pain” that is standing right next to you before you take that leap of faith.
That single choice is the spark of courage.
6th Truth: It takes courage in the face of fear, to take a leap into something magnificent.
Each step through fear pushes your comfort zone out one inch further.
This constant process of mental, physical, spiritual and physical growth transforms success from uncertainty to inevitability.
As a result of the compound effect of those incremental steps over time, you will achieve a level of self confidence that will make you unstoppable in the face of any challenge that comes your way.
7th Truth: The only enemy you have is your choice to be paralyzed by fear.
Should you remain stagnant though, you will continue floating down a lazy river that leads to nowhere. And that is definitely once choice you are free to make in life.
If, on the other hand,
You DO choose to live your greatness,
You will most likely find yourself right smack dab in the middle of the raging rapids of life,
you will hit rocks.
You may get hurt…
Rest assured, as long as you aim for the stars, life will beat you down.
You will encounter failure.
I don’t say this to discourage you from trying…quite the opposite actually!
When you face your fears and overcome them, the unbreakable spirit that will emerge after being completely tested and forged in the fires of facing fear will guide you through every obstacle that life will throw at you, and propel you into your divine purpose.
8th Truth: Today, at this moment, you get to choose your destiny by taking that first step.