Sometimes life works to our advantage, and at other times it could be to our disadvantage.
A quote I recently saw:
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”
Eduard, Prince of Genovia
We often get ourselves into a position where we become paralysed with fear and that stops us from moving forward and we feel caught between our thoughts and emotions – wanting to do something and yet fear is holding us back.
For me being courageous is not the heroic courage required to risk your life to save someone from a burning building, it is the ability to face those imaginary fears and reclaim a far more powerful life than the one you have been choosing to live.
How many of these fears are holding you back? How would you live if you had no fear at all? You’d still have your intelligence and common sense to safely navigate around any real dangers, but without feeling the emotion of fear, would you be more willing to take risks, especially when the worst case wouldn’t actually hurt you at all? Would you speak up more often, talk to more strangers, ask for more sales, dive headlong into those ambitious projects you’ve been dreaming about? What if you even learned to enjoy the things you currently fear? What kind of difference would that make in your life?
Have you previously convinced yourself that you aren’t really afraid of anything… that there are always good and logical reasons why you don’t do certain things? It would be rude to introduce yourself to a stranger. You shouldn’t attempt public speaking because you don’t have anything to say. Asking for a salary increase would be improper because you’re supposed to wait until the next formal review. They’re just rationalizations though – think about how your life would change if you could confidently and courageously do these things with no fear at all.
The question to answer relates to the reasons for wanting something, not the reasons to not want it. By asking yourself (and answering) this question, you can begin to understand the reasons to start you moving forward – it gives you something new to focus on.
Remember, being stuck between a rock and a hard place with fear is something that you can change!
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