We all have times when certain things frighten us, but some people seem to live in a state of fear. Not by choice, but because they don’t know how to break out of the fear cycle. Anyone can defeat fear. The secret weapon is passion, which leads to courage. Becoming passionate about something can compel you to act with courage.
There is a sense of courage that is built around a passionate mission, which can help you overcome fear or anxieties. Sometimes the mindset of “I can’t do it” can keep us from living the life we always imagined. Fear can be the largest obstacle you face. Fear of failure, fear of the unknown, or fear of ridicule.
Fear keeps you safe, but safe is not always where you want to be. Dispel the “fear of failure” by evaluating objectively what you can control. Don’t let the “fear of rejection” stop you from appreciating what you’ve already achieved. Life is a journey, and we can’t have the end result without first enduring the beginning and the middle. Author J.K. Rowling was working on her first book when her mother died. She had just had a baby and was going through a divorce. She struggled with depression. Twelve publishers rejected her manuscript. She felt disheartened. She didn’t yet know that an editor at Bloomsbury loved her book. Rowling understood what facing rejection meant, yet her passion caused her to press ahead. Today people all over the world read her Harry Potter books. Her passion for her story fueled her perseverance.
You inevitably will face difficult times. The difference between those with the will to press ahead and those without that courage is that resilient people see something bright even in the darkest times. Practice that resilience.
Something to Think About
People who have a significant impact on others have discovered their passions and drawn energy from them. Consider the significance and impact that your actions could have on someone else. When you follow that call, you’ll find that fear has a much weaker hold on you.
Every day this week, take an opportunity to fuel your passion and help others. It’s in the service of others that fear naturally falls away.
Words of Wisdom
Fears are educated into us, and can, if we wish, be educated out. – Karl Augustus Menninger
Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death. – James F. Byrnes
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears. – Rudyard Kipling
Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. – James Stephens
Ignorance is the parent of fear. – Herman Melville