“Fear is not the enemy. Waiting to stop feeling afraid is.” ~Marie Forleo
Fear is a natural part of life. We can’t avoid it. We also can’t let it stop us from doing what needs done.
Where do you need to quit letting fear stop you and take action in spite of the fear?
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“It’s hard to know whether to laugh or to cry at the human predicament. Here we are with so much wisdom and tenderness, and—without even knowing it—we cover it over to protect ourselves from insecurity. Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.” ~Pema Chödrön
How often fear tempts us into being a smaller version of ourselves as we seek to protect ourselves, and yet what amazing freedom lies beyond that cocoon of ego when we are able to face fear without hiding away our deeper wisdom and tenderness.
“The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It’s our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows.” ~Brené Brown
I love this perspective on the dark places of our lives, and I find it to be quite accurate to my experience. What do you think?
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Strength, courage, and confidence come in doing the very things that scare you. As long as you let fear hold you back, you’ll keep giving yourself evidence of how you don’t have these things. The only way to change this is to get into action in the face of fear. Action comes first; the increase in strength, courage, and confidence come as a result, not as the initiator!
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ~Ambrose Redmoon
What is more important than fear in your life? How can you strengthen your courage by strengthening your commitment to those things that matter more to you than fear?