admit fear, act on hope
“Keep your fears to yourself,
but share your courage with others.” — Robert Louis Stevenson
(we need to admit our fears then act on our hope)
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie —
When you have an external environment around you that supports you, holds you to account and brings out your best, it makes it easier to persevere, and ultimately to prevail, when your internal motivation system is running low.
Share your goals with positive people and ask for their support, take time regularly to schedule your priorities, join a support network or hire a coach. Likewise be VERY vigilant of those people and forces in your environment that could jeopardize your success. People who are unsupportive and discouraging can be like a lead chain around your ankle when it comes to moving forward. Einstein once said “Free spirits have always encountered violent opposition from cynical mediocre minds.” So do what you need to do minimize the impact of the mediocre minds in your life. Likewise, if there are other forces in your environment that could pull you off track, whether a lack of proper planning, organization or dysfunctional systems, attend to them. Don’t underestimate the impact your physical, social and emotional environment can have on your well-being, productivity and motivation to stay on track toward your goals.
What is courage?
Courage is not fearlessness. Nor is it an absence of self doubt.
Courage is action in the presence of fear.
Living with courage begins with taking a good honest look at the choices you are making today and challenging the assumptions, stories and excuses that are driving them. Stepping beyond the confines of your comfort zone will call on you to dig deeper into yourself than you have up to now; to dare to accomplish things which have no guarantee of success and to trade the ‘fine and good’ for an experience of life that is far better, deeper, richer and infinitely more gratifying to your spirit.
The world has more than its fair share of people living lives of immaculate mediocrity. There are things that you and only you can do; things that will never be done if you do not dare to do them. So don’t tip toe through life only to make it safely to death. Instead take your ‘fear bully’ by the horns and dare to dream more, do more, say more, live more, give more and be more!
Fortune favors the bold. So live boldly! Life’s too short to be lived any other way.
~Margie Warrell in “5 Simple Steps to Stop Fear From Running Your Life“
[her blog supplements her book of the same name]
[H]ow do we overcome our fears?
First. Learn to admit them. This is the first step for resolving any problem. As Jesus once said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Second. Verbalize your fears. This gets them out in the open where they can be dealt with.
You can control your actions
regardless of your feelings.
Third. Don’t allow your fears to control you. It’s okay and normal to be scared out of your socks at times. However, it’s immature to allow your feelings to control your actions. You can control your actions regardless of your feelings. It’s not always easy but it is a choice we all have!
Fourth. If your fears are imaginary, acknowledge this and refuse to believe them. Get facts before jumping to conclusions. Remember, what the mind dwells on, it will eventually believe and act on. Refuse to dwell on fearful thoughts.
~Dick Innes in “Conquering Fear“
“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving,
you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on
in spite of it all.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr. —
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