Fear can be a powerful thing, if we let it.
Fear causes us to do things we might not do otherwise and keeps us from doing the things we truly want to do.
The trick is to see our fears for what they are and telling ourselves the truth.
Fear says… If I write a blog post about (fill in topic), people will be upset and stop reading.
Truth… That topic idea was given to me for a reason and I should write it. It may have an affect on one person that is very important. Could I lose readers? Sure. Write it anyway.
Fear says… If my child climbs that tree, they could fall and die.
Truth… Yes, that could happen. You know what else could happen? They could see just how high they are able to climb. All by themselves. And it could give them a huge sense of accomplishment and self worth.
Fear says… If I start my own business, it could fail.
Truth… Of course it could fail… OR… it could be a success! It could open up doors that wouldn’t have been open otherwise. It could give you financial freedom. It could inspire others.
Fear says… If I speak my mind, they won’t like me.
Truth… Some may not like to hear the truth that is in your head. Say it anyway. Most people cherish those that can speak their mind fully and will respect you because of that trait.
Do not allow fear to run your life.
Does that mean you shouldn’t wear a seatbelt because you shouldn’t fear getting in a car accident?
No, of course not. I always wear my seatbelt. Not because I fear getting in a car accident, though. I wear it because I know that car accidents happen. And, if it should happen with me (and it has), I will be wearing my seatbelt so that I will be as safe as possible in that situation.
My challenge for all of you is this… Find one thing in your life that you fear and do something to face that fear.
F is for fear this week on Blogging Through the Alphabet.