Fear is no anomaly. Everyone feels fear at different times in life.
What are your fears? Rejection? Failure? Pain? Broken heart? Mockery? Humiliation? Mistakes? You are not alone.
Living in fear is unadventurous, boring and predictable. Fear will cripple you until you become lifeless. Fear always lurks in the dark waiting to pounce at any given opportunity throughout your lifetime. It doesn’t totally vanish. Fear will make you get in your own way and sabotage yourself.
You’ve accepted your fears. Now, face them. Ask yourself a few questions. What is the worst case scenario? What is your desired result? What do you stand to lose? Don’t forget, any time you yield to fear you lose out on possibly an extraordinary life.
Let me give you a rundown of my current condition as I write this letter. Am I scared of publishing this letter? Yes. Will I publish it anyways? Yes. Why? Because I committed myself to writing 31 Letters this month and I can’t back out now. What is the worst case scenario? No one will read it. What is my desired result? Someone reads it and begins to face the fears. What do I stand to lose? Nothing.
Learn to feel fear and get work done nonetheless. If you can’t face fears on your own, get people to be accountable to. Hopefully, these persons will push you till you’re done. Whatever the case, do it with all the demons screaming at you to stop.
Have I overcome all my fears? No. Will I overcome all my fears? I doubt. Yet I will rather live a life of uncertainty and fun than safe and boredom.
I end with one of my favourite quotes on facing fears attributed to Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”.
Also published on Medium.