The Enemy of Success

Our lives are created by a few things including our thoughts and dreams, the people in our lives and the things they do and say, and the things we do. We can talk ourselves out of doing good things just like others can. We can also talk ourselves and others into doing things that aren’t the best to do. Many of us never get past the talking and dreaming about what could be to actually making it a reality and one major reason is the fears that we uncover or create when we are thinking and dreaming.

I talk with really smart and creative people every day, people who could do great things in the world but let their fears of what could be or fears of changing what is overrule the potential that they could create. I don’t blame them for having fears, we all have them, and we all have to choose to face them or let them continue to impact our lives. Change isn’t usually easy, it usually takes work to make the change happen in addition to the work of putting into place the dream or great idea you have.

One of the secrets to having all you’ve ever dreamed of and all you want in life is taking action. Very few people are handed all they want in life, most of us have to do stuff to get what we want. Fears help us stay wrapped up in our thoughts and never let us get to the actions that need to be taken.  Fears tell us that we’re aiming too high and we’ll never get there. But the reality is that you don’t climb a mountain in one step, there are months of planning, working out and gathering gear leading up to the climb and then the actual climb itself which is done one step at a time.

Don’t let your fears tell you that you can’t accomplish something, instead take a step back and take your first action on your goals by making a plan that you can conquer a little bit at a time, or in bigger steps if you’re feeling bold and ambitious. Don’t let your fears stop you from living and taking actions to make yourself a better life.

“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.” Charles Stanley

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