Fear is a warning of threat or injury, a built-in mechanism to assure our survival. When we perceive danger, our bodies react with the "flight or fight" response. Defend yourself or get away. Fear can save your life.
But fear can be an insidious enemy that steals ambition and thwarts productivity. It says, "be less than you can be".When presented with a challenge to push past resistance and achieve something, you stop. You're afraid to go on.
Getting into shape: finishing that degree: completing your book: finding a new job, and a thousand other things, big and small, that would improve life, are let slide because it's scary.
This is when fear does not serve you well. You're not going to be eaten by a wild beast, or confront an attacker. Yet you still feel fear. Why? Because it's hard or it's too much effort. It's actually not fear at all, but rather a type of cowardice. It's easier to do nothing. It's more pleasurable to play video games, watch Netflix or have a snack. You don't want to be uncomfortable or give up leisure time to make things happen. You've settled on being - less than you can be.
There's an anxiety you've never voiced. "Maybe I'm not good enough? What happens if I try this and it fails?" It might or it might not. But not trying guarantees failure. If you keep going, eventually something good will come out of it.
If success were easy, everyone would be successful. The road to achievement is often like plowing a stony field. Our grandparents told us, if it's worth doing, it's worth doing well. Our 21st century phrase could be, "If it doesn't suck, it's not worth doing." When something sucks, or becomes hard, most people quit."
Don't quit. Be willing to do the work, put in the late hours; give up something that satisfies for the moment; the sacrifice is worth the reward and action is the key.
Dale Carneige, the self-improvement guru of his day, said "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy."
There is not one other person exactly like you. No one else can bring to the table your unique talents. You do matter, and you can make a difference, in your life and the lives of others. It is doable, but it takes effort, hard work and forward motion. Perserverence pays off. Do something and don’t stop until it’s complete, no matter how long it takes.
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