Monday, April 18, 2016

          Of what are you afraid? Are you afraid of the grammar police who would have criticized me had I written “What are you afraid of?” Are you afraid that if you risk something and fail that people will think less of you? Are you afraid of snakes? being rejected? performing? missing your golf shot? people with guns? the opinions of others?

     We all have fear. It’s a human emotion. The question is what we do about our fears. Do we have the courage to face them head on, or do we avoid them at all costs?  What would you do if you were not afraid? Picture yourself doing whatever that is and imagine yourself breaking through that fear and standing tall with pride because you’ve conquered it. 

     Fear has the word “ear” in it. This “ear” suggests that you listen to your gut, your common sense and your courage. Listening, however, is only the first step. The most important step is to embrace the fear and take action. The action of the day may only be one baby step, but it’s action, not procrastination. Do you have any “elephants in the room?” If so, you have fear. How would your life be different and your self-concept improve if you took that elephant by the trunk, swung it over your head and said, “I’m not afraid of you anymore.” Oh yeah, easy for me to say. 
Have I conquered all my fears? Of course not. Actually, I’ve overcome many that most people avoid, but I continue to put off some that many wouldn’t even label as fearful. My fear might be your safe place. For example, I would rather stand up on a stage and give a speech to 500 people than cook a gourmet meal for eight. If you get energized by the wisdom of famous people, here are a few words to consider:

“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

           “Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”
Salvador Dali

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and you are free.”
Jim Morrison

         What fear will you face today? What will be your first baby step? I double-dog-dare you to lace up your boots and get down in the mud of your scared. Sink into it, then step out of it. Brush off the brown, and trudge into the light.