We’ve all the heard the famous quotes on fear, but here are a couple that resonate with me:
“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” -George R.R. Martin
“Men go to far greater lengths to avoid what they fear than to obtain what they desire.” -Dan Brown
I have also heard that fear stands for “FALSE EXPECTATIONS APPEARING REAL.” The fact of the matter is that we as human beings are all susceptible to fears. Fear can result from any number of things. Past experience, exposure to false teaching or inaccurate assumptions about certain people, places and things.
Fear has the capacity to limit our ability. Fear can speak much louder than what it actually is. Fear can paralyze, it can frustrate. Fear can lead us to believe things that are simply not true. Fear fixes our focus on self and blinds us to the reality of the world around us. The times that I feel most afraid are the times when I feel helpless and out of control. Sadly I also believe that more often than not, I bring this upon myself. I impose fear on myself, which makes no sense AT ALL. I am action taker and learn by doing. There are certain activities that scare the pants off of me, but I know that my fear associated with such things are completely and totally irrational.
So how might I suggest (or not me, but brilliant scholars and achievers that have come before me) that you overcome your fears:
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” -C. JoyBell C.