“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
– Les Brown
Fear has kept me from leaving my comfort zone all to often, but what if we could harness its positive possibilities and use it for our RISE?
Fear can empower us, but it can also make us powerless. Fear can enslave us or it can fuel us to a level of unparalleled freedom.. Fear is an oppressor who convinces us to stay comfortable and run from all change. Yet, fear can also be a catalyst to change everything. Fear often causes us to give way to the possible in deference to the improbable. My question to contemplate, could fear’s tyrannical power lay in the bounds of our perspective and ability to use it?
When it comes to fear, we need to master its impact. It’s impact on how we view life and the world around us. By no means should I allow fear to ever control me or my actions.
However, I should use it to fuel and create acute awareness and intensity. It has to be my advisor, but not my decision-maker. My fuel, but not my driver. Too many times, I have allowed fear to be the driver in my life. I have allowed it to skew my perceptions, beliefs, and unfortunately decisions. The things I regret most are the things I feared to step out and do. NOT the times, I was fearful and did it anyway.
Fear starts as a seed planted by the world. Sometimes, it comes through genuine concern about your safety and security from those who may care for you, but doubt you and your gifts. They believe the only way to live is within the system. They don’t understand that your gifts and passions will make room for you. They want you to play it safe. Unwittingly, what they are proposing is for you to compromise who you are and your purpose for their way of life.
A long held saying and truth – fortune favors the bold. In short, GO FOR IT. Jump into that arena of life and own your fear. Not just for a minute or for a time, but get in it to win it. If we fail, let’s fail daring to find greatness. Let’s commit to fighting and overcoming fear to find our purpose.
It’s never easy to do such things and this is why truly living life can be categorized as a battle, being in the arena, being in the fight, waging the war, or getting into the ring. We will take some hits, some big hits, but let’s give as good as we get and RISE to a greater level of understanding and purpose in life.
We will meet tests and trials head on in the center of life’s coliseum. We will experience fear in these moments and come to a choice. How will we use it? Will we allow it cripple us to shrink from the fight – OR – will we allow it to fuel our passion for what is in our hearts and fight on more intensely?
I have come to the realization that I am more afraid of waking up to an alarm each morning and partaking in existence instead of life. I fear walking around numb and temperate instead of having my sensations energized and on fire for what I was meant to do with my life.
As I continue to push myself and take risks, I think about the fear that encompasses stepping left when the crowd goes right. I think about the fear that grips my tongue when I have a differing viewpoint, but concerned about how it will be received. My reaction to fear has often forced who I am to meet the expectations of others. It took me a long time to realize that my cowering to fear and not people boxed me into a role I was never meant to play.
As I speak strongly against the timid reaction to fear, I realize that fear can play an important role. When we use fear for our good it creates an intensity and focus that cannot be denied. Think of an animal when it is being chased. The tremendous energy to escape and find freedom can only be energized by the fear of being caught. It’s this adrenaline impact that we need to use for our good. Let’s harness its power! Let’s make fear work for us!
I say this to myself, take a risk, be you! Be more fearful of not being you and living a life that lacks truth, than to fear what others may think or expect and to live a lie. I am determined to let fear fuel my RISE! A great, but flawed person once said, “the only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” I finally understand that statement. We need to fear what it does to us when we cower to it and how it can enslave our thoughts and actions, preventing our opportunities to AWAKEN and RISE.