Whether big or small, we all have dreams and goals that we want to realize. They motivate us and create an inner drive to get after it day in and day out.
Many of us also have a voice in our head.
It’s a voice that tells us all the reasons we can’t do something. All the reasons why we aren’t good enough. It reminds us of all the events of our past that make us believe that if we do pursue our dreams, we will fail.
This voice is our fear.
That voice is real, it’s as loud as we let is be, and it comes wrapped in a temptation – while it tells us all the reasons we can’t do something, it also reminds us how much easier it is to give up and keep things just the way they are.
Our fear can be powerful.
Our fear can be convincing.
Our fear can show us the easier path.
Oh yea… one more thing.
Our fear is a liar.
“Fear is a liar.” – Michael Chandler
Fear wants to keep us safe and comfortable, so it paints a picture of all the things that can go wrong in order to keep us from taking action.
Fear wants to protect us from getting hurt.
In a way, fear doesn’t sound like such a bad guy.
Heck, we can even feel a bit sorry for it. Part of our inherent fear is fed by centuries of fight or flight programming.
Fear is part of what ultimately saved our ancestors from the saber tooth tiger and other powerful predators.
However, what we all must remember is that fear does not have to play such a prominent role in our lives – not anymore.
For most of us, we don’t have to look out for deadly animals that could pounce on us at any moment.
What we fear today, while feeling like life or death at times, is not – the problem is that the portion of our brain responsible for those responses doesn’t know the difference.
In our minds, our fears of speaking in public, heights, enclosed spaces, taking a big risk, or potentially putting ourselves out there and embarrassing ourselves can be treated by our brain the same way as if our lives were on the line.
But in the vast majority of cases, if we try and fail, nothing will happen that we can’t recover from, brush off, and most importantly learn from.
Fear lies to us so that we ultimately do not take action. And a life without action really isn’t a life at all…
So how loud of a voice will you give your fears? Or better yet, what can you do to shut that voice up?
While fear is a voice we can’t permanently silence, we have the power to control its volume and, most importantly, we have the power of choice when it comes to whether or not we decide to listen to it.
Are you ready to shut fear down and start taking more action in your life?
Fear will keep us on the side line… and we don’t stay on the side line.
Get out there, get after it and take action instead of listening to fear, and make your impact in the world. #unleash your Inner Athlete and be fearless!
Discussion Question: What lies does fear tell you about trying to accomplish your dreams? Write down all the reasons why fear is wrong and ask yourself “What is possible now?”.
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