By Noel Peebles
"We have nothing to fear but fear
How many times have you had a really great idea or wanted
to take a risk and try something new, only to have a
little voice inside your head shout:
"It wouldn't work!"
"You couldn't possibly do that!"
or "What a silly idea".
Everyone, at some point in their lives has listened to
their little voice cautioning them against following a
certain action. If you frequently question what you do
and think, and veer away from making decisions, then
you may be stopping yourself from reaching your fullest
potential. You may be slowly squeezing the special
creative energy and inspiration inside of you that
makes you unique, into a tight knot that needs to
So what motivates that niggly little voice? What is
stopping you from making that important decision or
trying something new?
One of the most common answers is FEAR. Fear is the
greatest single barrier to success in our personnel
and professional lives. The emotion of fear is
intended to warn us of danger and to act as a
cautionary tool. It should make us stop and
think before taking action.
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What fear shouldn't do is dictate the course of
action we take. It shouldn't control our thoughts
or relationships with other people, and most
importantly fear shouldn't shape who we are or
what we want to achieve in our lives.
On a conscious or subconscious level all of us have
felt the impact of fear in our lives. Whether it is
the fear of making a decision, the fear of failure,
a fear of what other people will think, or the fear
of success - the consequences are the same.
If left to fester and control our lives, fear
eventually leads us to stop trying new things.
Our comfort zone pulls tight around us and is
rarely pushed further out than it needs to be.
We feel stale, lethargic and wonder what's
missing in our lives. Our creative energy is
replaced with a survival instinct. On a
subconscious level we start to really believe
that we aren't good enough, or that there's
no way possible that we can achieve something
new or take a risk. On a conscious level our
body and mind responds to being fed negative
statements and responds by firmly stating -
"I can't do it!"
What are you afraid of?
Have you ever wondered just what you are
afraid of? What stops you from taking the
next step forward that will keep you on
the path of achieving your goals?
The reason for most people's fear is buried
deep within themselves. A low level of
self-confidence and self-esteem makes us
feel unhappy about ourselves. Because our
thoughts are based on feelings of inadequacy,
we set our boundaries and standards very low
and achieve little in our lives.
One of the greatest realizations that you may
ever experience in your life is that the emotion
of fear is part of being human. It's perfectly
normal to experience misgivings and doubts!
Fear will never go away no matter how
self-confident or successful we are!
The key to overcoming our fears is to feel
good about ourselves and think positively.
We can then begin to use the energy that
fear creates positively in our lives.
Only then can we turn indecision and fear
into power and action.
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