Do you feel brave? We hold ourselves back through fear and worry. Risks aren’t taken because we’re afraid we’ll fall short and that we’ll be worse off in the aftermath. We’re afraid that we’ll make the wrong choice and something “bad” might happen as a result. My pastor calls this the Stranglehold of Fear.
The only way to overcome fear is by facing it head-on. Turn your abstract fears into concrete black and white statements by writing them down. Turning them concrete diminishes the “what if” factor and helps you rationally process what the consequences of facing your fears might be. Uncertainty gives way to intentionality, which blows fears away.
Facing your fears and choosing to be brave is a daily, continual process. It’s a process you have to repeat in order to gain the results you desire in life.
Choose to be brave today. Do what you’re afraid to do.
Fear is a Matter of Perspective
I was listening to the EntreLeadership podcast and heard guest host Rory Vaden say, “Peace is about having a longer-term perspective. Any problem in relation to today is a big problem. Any problem in relation to our life span, though, is a small problem. And any problem in relation to eternity is no problem.”
Having perspective helps alleviate our fears. A long-term perspective helps us slow down and take a step back so that we can rationally address our fears and craft solutions to overcome those fears.
Do you want to know the first step to facing your fears? Write them down.
“True bravery can happen only in the face of fear.
If you aren’t afraid, then how can your actions be brave?”
I’m Jeff M. Miller, and I help ordinary people who are stuck in a rut change their behaviors so they can be extraordinary. I’m an entrepreneur who retired from my full-time job in my early 40s to work from home. I’m a financial counselor, life coach, graphic designer, and passionate believer in helping others improve their lives a little more each day.
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