Does it scare you?
There is a famous quote: “…the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself,” by Franklin D. Roosvelt during his first inauguration.
Am I afraid? Do I fear?
Yes, I am afraid right now. Fearful my work may be viewed as not good enough. Fearful of rejection, criticism, and lot of other stuff we usually don’t like to address in our modern world.
I am coming to the realization fear is not the enemy.
Fear is my natural instinct to guard myself from death.
All of the things I mentioned above are fears from a time in which most of humans lived in tribal societies and each member were dependent on the tribe as a whole for the bare necessities. Rejection was truly a matter of life or death.
I was talking to my husband about the mental process I go through in freeing myself up to write. I tell myself, “Fear, I thank you, but I will not die if I ________;” “Inner critic, I will let you critic everything once I’m done.”
It’s an everyday exercise, using fear as a tool instead of a hindrance. I think that is the difference between those who are successful and those who give up.
There are typically three biological responses to fear: (1) fight, (2) flight, and (3) freeze.
That is the choice you and I have, utilize fear as fuel or employ it as a stumbling block. Don’t stay frozen.
The goal (for moi) is to be pleased with what I’ve done when the day is over. The biggest fear I have is disappointing myself.
Fear can be your friend or enemy. The choice is yours. What you choose today?
P.S. Quote for You: Bishop TD Jakes said [on Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday]: “Everyone has fear. You have to feel the fear and do it anyway.”
P.S.S. I want to hear from you. What fears do you think are stopping you from reaching your goals?
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