How many times do we find ourselves frozen by fear?
Our hearts palpitate, our breathing becomes shallow and fast, and soon we’re paralyzed by trepidation. At moments when we need to lunge forward, our feet plant as though in cement.
Fear takes many forms. I’ve often found myself arrested by the fear of disapproval. I feared looking back on my life and discovering wasted opportunities or unrealized potential. A great worry for me was not making as significant a contribution to the planet as my family has done.
Maybe you are a perfectionist and battle the fear of failure. Or you’re shy and stave off the fear of success. Whatever brand of fear you experience, the emotion can be debilitating.
Everyone experiences fear sometimes — it’s part of being human. But no matter how overwhelmed and paralyzed your fear is making you feel, you can break through to fearlessness.
So what does it mean to be fearless?
Fearlessness is not the absence of fear. Rather, it’s the mastery of fear.
Fearlessness is about getting up one more time than we fall down. The more comfortable we are with the possibility of falling down, the more fearless we will be, and the easier our journey will become.
“Fear is just a call to exercise courage.” <- Click to Tweet
Without fear, we can’t have courage. We cannot act courageous in any situation unless we have something to protect, something to honor, something to prove, or something to commit to. Fear is a call to action and that action should be courageous.
“Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is the willingness to act in spite of your fear.” <- Click to Tweet
When I’m afraid, I’ve conditioned myself to walk right into my fears rather than away from them.
If people can get used to that, their fear will dissipate. Most of the power of fear is in your mind; it doesn’t really exist. It’s just this idea that looms because we are unwilling to face it.
The best way to defuse your fear is to step into it—right into the middle of it—and do the thing that you are afraid to do.
Be courageous today. Look fear in the eye and shoot it down. Don’t let it take over. Don’t let it win.
Designing a Fearless Life doesn’t mean all your fears will disappear. Designing a Fearless Life means you will boldly move in the direction of your fears until you overcome them.
What is one fear that you’re committed to overcoming in the next 30 days? Leave a comment below.
To Your Fearless Life,