What do you fear? What fear is holding you back?
We all have fears. Some of us overcome them. Some of us live with them all of our lives. Those that overcome, succeed. Those that give in to fear, live in fear.
But what do you really fear? It is not the fear of the actual action or event, it is the fear of the consequences of said action. Say you have a fear of public speaking. You do not fear the actual speaking part, you fear the consequences of speaking. You fear the reaction of those hearing you speak. You can flub your speech, stutter, or freeze in fright. The reaction of your audience i what you fear. They could laugh at you. They could just sit there and stare at you. In reality, it doesn’t matter what they do, you fear what you think they might do.
You may have a fear of heights. It’s not that you fear being high up in the air, it’s the fear of falling and dying. It is the fear of the consequences of being up in the air, regardless of the negligible odds of actually falling and dying.
Fear of consequences is not always negative. Many people fear success. It’s not the success they fear, it’s how other people will react to the success.
In most instances, the consequences of your fears are unfounded. They are the worst-case scenarios that rarely, if ever come to fruition. If you fear the worst, then conquering that fear becomes more difficult, if not impossible.
The best, and perhaps, only way to conquer fear is to simply do what you fear. You’ll soon realize the consequences of your fear are nothing what you expected. In fact, it will probably turn out far better than you imagined.
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