Have you ever thought about or wanted to do something but something just wouldn’t let you move forward?
As much as you wanted it, you just couldn’t seem to make a move.
More than likely it was because of fear.
This has happened to me before. Several times.
Each time it happened when I was about to do something new and out of my comfort zone.
All of a sudden everything came to a halt. I couldn’t move.
First I thought it was burnout.
But that wasn’t it. Having experienced burnout before, fear feels a little different.
I realized I wasn’t moving because I was paralyzed… with fear!
Fear rears its’ ugly head for a number of different reasons.
Some of the most common are:
- Fear of what others may think or say
- Fear of failing
- Fear of looking and feeling like a loser
There is a difference between being scared and fear.
When you are scared you can still perform.
You still do whatever it is you need to do, with sweat running down your forehead, knees shaking, heart beating fast and all.
It’s like having your first baby. It is very scary becoming a parent for the first time, but most still do it anyway.
Then there is FEAR.
Fear is quite different from being scared.
Fear is paralyzing.
It stops you in your tracks.
Makes you believe that things are impossible.
It tells you that you will likely not make it through or flat out die if you do that thing.
It keeps your dreams in your head instead of you living them out.
You know what… Fear is a liar! A flat out liar!!!
Fear is a dream killer. A life stealer!
The reality is that you really can do and be whatever you want.
And the worst-case scenario that can happen as a result of doing something that scares the heck out of you, which is death (in my opinion), never happens.
As long as something does not kill you, what is the harm of going after it?
So you fail…
The reality is you really didn’t fail. You will always fail forward, landing further than where you began. You simply had an experience that taught you what not to do the next time.
So people talk about you…
The reality is people will talk about you anyway.
According to “people” you will either be a bum who is not doing anything with your life who had so much potential or “who does she think she is???”
These are usually the people stuck in their same cycle year after year because they are ruled by their fear.
So you lose…
The reality is no one wins all the time. It is just not humanly possible.
The people who ultimately win are the ones who have lost hundreds of times first and tried again. This is a fact!
In this world, there are two types of people…
Those that talk about what they are going to do (the dreamers) and those that do it (doers).
Which one are you?
Don’t let fear keep you a dreamer and rob you of living.
Live your life while you can.
Do what you’ve always wanted to do.
At the very least, you’ll have wonderful experiences to share with others.
Write that book you’ve always wanted to.
Start your business.
Move to a different state.
The next time fear shows up remember to let your vision and passion lead and override the fear.
Remember that you have to want that thing more than your fear wants you not to.
Do the thing that scares you. Don’t be paralyzed by fear.
Live as if your life depends on it! Because it does!