It's Time to Let Fear Go

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Photo Credit: Stephen Crosson

We may not like to admit it sometimes, but fear is something that affects us all. It’s normal. But, one could argue that it becomes a problem when it starts to consume our daily lives only to hold us back from reaching our full potential. What scares you most? Is it the possibility of failure or the possibility that you may actually exceed your own expectations?

When I’m presented with an opportunity, my typical gut reaction is to say no, and not because it isn’t necessarily the right opportunity for me. It’s usually because whatever it is scares the hell out of me. For example, two things that automatically generate this reaction for me is public speaking and running. To help combat my fear of public speaking, I've made conscious efforts to put myself first for speaking opportunities, whether its giving an update during a meeting or moderating a panel discussion. To help combat my fear of running, I've made it a goal to run at least one 5K this year.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Marianne Williamson

It’s time to stop accepting what you think you deserve because you’re afraid of “different,” and command yourself to rise to the challenge and kick fear out the window.  Everything in life is either a lesson or a blessing, but it’s up to us to take a step on the other side of fear to see which one it happens to be. A lesson isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can teach us about ourselves, the people around us and more about the way life tends to work.  

The next time you feel fearful – whether you’re trying a new workout, going for a new job position or accomplishing a goal – know that it’s a normal feeling. But at the same time, don’t let it be the reason that you miss out on growing into the person that you’re meant to become. Know that the possibility of you succeeding is greater than the fear you feel. If you fail? Get back up. Adjust. Figure out what went wrong. Move forward accordingly. 

As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” What’s something that scares you? Try and tackle that fear little by little until it becomes second nature. A lot of things scare me, but this year I’m making public speaking and running my… well you know the rest.

How will you choose to let go of fear?

 
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Photo Credit: Stephen Crosson

 

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