‘If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment.’
So many of us allow fear to rob us of our reasoning, effecting our happiness, or derailing our dreams. When we confront our fears we keep moving our life forward and can achieve our full potential.
One of our biggest barriers to positive change is fear. Sometimes we are afraid we will fail. Sometimes we are subconsciously afraid we will succeed and then we would have to deal with all the disruption (growth) and change that follows success. And other times it is our fear of rejection or simply our fear of looking foolish.
The best way to defeat fear is to confront it. With a strategy of continuous small steps into uncomfortable territory we are often able to sidestep our barriers. Do one thing every day that scares you. Connect to your fear, feel it in your body and steadily address it. Greet it by name if you have to: “Welcome, fear.” Fear can be a guiding force if you learn how to handle it, and listen to it only when it serves its true purpose of warning you when you are in danger.
“Each of us must confront our own fears, we must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”