1.) Fear can either hold you back or be used as fuel on your path to living an inspired life. The choice is yours.
2.) We all have things in life we fear. Sometimes, you just have to slap fear in the face and keep moving forward!
3.) Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it!
Fear consumes us all at some point in our lives. There are plenty of articles online that list the tops fears or our time. Whether you find the thing you fear on those lists or not doesn’t matter when you are in the heat of it. Fear is something real in the moment and often our attempts to “talk ourselves out of it” just fall on deaf ears.
I’ve experienced my fair share of fears over the years. Some fears were justified, like the time I jumped out of a plane in New Zealand. At other times, the all-consuming fear and anxiety I felt didn’t seem to have a reason to exist.
I’ve come to a point where I do my best to embrace my fears and use them as fuel for exhilaration rather than something to run from. Often when we run towards our fears and challenges, we come out stronger on the other side. Sometimes this is easier said than done but if we can embrace this mentality, our fears and anxieties will be easier to handle.
You see, when I was a kid, we moved a lot as my Dad became more successful in his career. Moving 7 times before I turned 14 had some difficulties. I remember moving to a new city and starting at a new school and being filled with fear before the first day.
My technique for dealing with my fears at that time in life was to simply just push through it because deep down I knew I would eventually become comfortable and things would be back to normal.
When we moved, my Dad seemed to charge into his new role with an incredible level of confidence, and it was like fear didn’t exist for him. Like most boys, I idolized my Dad and was always in awe of how he could handle high-pressure situations without showing any sort of fear or stress.
It wasn’t until later in life I finally asked him, “How do you deal with fear?”
His answer was simple, yet powerful.
“Dustin, we all have things in life that we fear. Sometimes you just have to slap fear in the face and keep moving forward!”
It was one of those statements in life you hear, and it sticks with you forever. It created a visual for me and totally made sense. It also reassured me that every one of us deals with fear and it is those in life who accept it, embrace it, and ultimately move past it, that accomplish the most. Just like my Dad!
I’m not here to say I enjoy feeling fear or anxiety. Sometimes it just plain sucks! But, if we can reframe it and use our fear as fuel, rather than something that holds us back. I think we’re making steps in the right direction.
I’ve done my best over the years to slap my fears in the face and keep moving forward. Some days I am better at this than others, but with consistent effort, I will keep building momentum in my day and in my life!
Whatever fears you have, slap them in the face and keep moving closer to your goals and dreams.
You’ve got this!