The First Step with Fears

As we get started on this new month with the very challenging topic of fears, it would be easy to just brush it off and say that it doesn’t matter to us, that we do OK with our fears so why bother doing anything about them or discussing them?  But what I’ve learned is that you really never reach your full (or even partial) potential if you do that.  You can’t accomplish all your dreams, you can’t thrive in life, you won’t go to bed and get up the next day happy, your relationships will suffer and so will your health.  No, it may not be obvious all at once or even ever to strangers, but it’s still there and, whether you want to admit it or not, it’s holding you back.

So the challenge for each of us this month is to follow the words of Erica Jong:

“I have accepted fear as a part of life — specifically the fear of change…. I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back.” 

It’s not easy to be that brave and bold, but if you really want to stop living the half life many people lead the first step is in admitting that there is more to be had and you’re worth it.  If we were here to live half lives, lives of semi-happiness and semi-satisfaction that would be the norm.  But many people have discovered that there’s more to life than just OK.  With all of the technological advances it’s more possible than ever to have a very healthy, safe, happy, fulfilling life.

So this month as we face our fears, face the concept of fear, and face the unknown that lies beyond our fears, I encourage you to finally make the stand for yourself.  Choose to be more than your fears and not let your fears hold you back from reaching for your dreams and goals.  You’ve got a whole community here to support you, and you’re always able to share your comments and challenges as a comment on the blog or reach out to me personally for help.

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