Crash Course on Fear
I have developed a useful relationship with fear, I call it useful because now I use fear as a launch pad; no longer is it a cage that keeps me bound. Fear uses deception to appear much bigger than what it actually is, like a magic trick; you think you know what you are seeing but it’s actually an illusion.
In the past I would summon fear, scream at it and wait for it to disappear. Disappear it would, maybe for a day or even a few weeks, but surely enough it would come back knocking at the door and like a useless boyfriend you know you shouldn’t take back, I would let it in. I then dabbled with the idea “What if I just do it anyway? What if I can do what I want to do in the PRESENCE of fear?” So I did. How terrifying yet thrilling it was to act in the presence of fear; from this experience, I learnt the closer I move towards fear, the more it loosens its grip on me.
Don’t fall for the spell of waiting for fear to go away before you launch, before you get going with what you know you must do.
Those that we admire, the movers and shakers, the ones that have the ability to make things happen could be fearless, but most simply act and get on with it: “I am scared but I will do it anyway” they say. The next question would then be why do some act in the presence of fear and others don’t? There are many reasons for this. A common one is no burning desire; there are not enough reasons to bring about action so the right and true excuses they have are more enticing because they guarantee what is familiar, safe and comfortable.
When a burning desire is fanned enough, it glows and burns to a point of consuming you; it becomes a demand that you must get to work on urgently and consistently.
“A burning desire to be and to do is the starting point from which the dreamer must take off.” Napoleon Hill.