Sometimes “fear” is a good thing. It can keep you from doing life-threatening things – like crossing a freeway with your eyes closed.
When you’re a sci-fi fan (like me) you can have a line from Frank Herbert’s Dune series occasionally pop up “Fear is the mind-killer.” Of course the entire phrase is something to perhaps keep in mind, have on a wall somewhere.
I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Sometimes it’s great to say sure I follow this, but in reality how many of us actually can? How many of us are afraid of things like:
- letting someone know how we feel?
- not going along with the group?
- not trying new things?
- saying how you feel about something – like injustice
- NOT being politically correct?
Sometimes there’s a very good reason for all of these fears – they may be timely in nature. Depending on the entire situation these fears could save your life.
But how often do you let fear run your life? Run your business? How often do you NOT let it pass over and through?
It’s incredibly hard to get ahead in life/business if you’re afraid all the time. NO, I am not perfect. YES, I have many times where I’m afraid of things and as a result I may have missed out on something really good. But that is my problem to conquer.
Last year when I first started teaching adult ed computer courses I was afraid – OMG I was standing in front of a few people and telling them things about Microsoft Office, Word and Excel! What was I thinking? But I did just fine – my students even liked me. I’m still teaching, it’s fun, I get out of the house (don’t do that often with a home-based business) and it’s extra income. Not a bad result of conquering a fear!
What about you? What are you going to do to conquer one fear?