So what is keeping us from taking control of life and choosing our own path? Perhaps it’s our old nemesis Fear with a capital “F”. Fear has derailed the dreams and potential of too many for far too long, but there is a way to turn fear on its head and use it to your advantage.
Fear as we all know can take on may forms, but for the entrepreneur, artist, or and others wishing to live with personal integrity and self fulfillment, fear can hide in the shadows and is not always as obvious as a thumping heart, cold sweats, and an urge to flee. Fear can be much more subtle and may not be recognized as fear, but it is crippling just the same. For example, when we sit on the couch and waste time either watching another mindless television program or some other diversion, it could be fear rather than boredom keeping us from pursuing the life we wish for and deserve.
Why is this and how can it be overcome? By simply paying attention to those little things that keep us from moving forward.
What are some clues to fear’s presence? Whenever we say, I don’t have enough time right now; once I have more experience, education, money, etc then I can move forward; once I finish this project or after this event happens, then I’ll do it – do these sound familiar?
Anything that keeps us stuck someplace that no longer serves us…that isn’t in line with who we really are, may be routed in fear – fear of failure, of the unknown, of not wanting to discover the unfounded truth that we are not good enough or smart enough to succeed. This is the fear we must be hyper vigilant to recognize. When we realize we are sitting on the couch rather than doing whatever it is to become our best selves, it is time to take action. Awareness of incessant, low-level fear is your beacon to get off the couch and move forward.
This is why fear is a friend; it reminds us to take action to move toward our dreams.
As always, take action and show gratitude everyday!
With Love and Respect,