“Someone once told me not to be afraid of
being afraid, because, she said,
‘Anxiety is a glimpse of your own daring.’
Isn’t that great? It means part of your
agitation is just excitement about what
you’re getting ready to accomplish.
And whatever you’re afraid of – that is
the very thing you should try to do.”
-Maria Shriver from And One More Thing Before You Go . . .
I would like to begin today’s post by asking a question. In your wildest dreams, what would your ideal life look like? Where would you be living, what would you be doing, who would be surrounding you – what would it look like?
My next question is what is keeping you from pursuing these dreams you just mentioned?
I’ve recently come to a decision about a dream I have been harboring for a long time in my life, and I had to ask myself that very question, what is keeping me from pursuing my dream? Honestly? If I’m being completely honest, fear. Fear. Fear of falling on my face. Fear of it not being a possibility that is tangible even though if I don’t try I will kick myself forever.
So my question to you again is, what is holding you back? The quote that I chose this week is the ideal statement to remind yourself that if you aren’t fearful, even just a little bit, it isn’t something you’re passionate about. Now there’s a big difference between fear for your life and fear of failing, please know I am focusing solely on the human need to succeed and being fearful of failing.
So what is it that would make your heart sing, that would allow you to feel you’ve reached your full potential, or that would make you feel you are setting a good example? Going back to school, changing careers, trying a new hobby, talking to that certain someone, getting in better shape, or maybe doing some traveling? Whatever it is, you wouldn’t fear accomplishing it if you didn’t truly want it with your whole heart.
So what are you waiting for? We all only have one life, and I don’t know one person who can change the past, but the future . . . the future is still up in the air. Create the life you’ve dreamed. Have patience, because anything worth having takes time, but rest assured you will be successful, just keep striding forward.
7 thoughts on “Your Fear is Speaking”
I totally agree, most of time it is the fear that holds us back from achieving something, whether it is fear to lose the (secure) life you have right now or maybe you are just afraid to affront beloved people, but internalize the words of the Dalai Lama, who said “take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.”
This is a great post and I really relate! I am a big worrier and a lot of times I get paralyzed by fear. My husband is much more daring than I am, so perhaps in that regard we’re a good match.
Love your inspirational thoughts. I relate totally, I live with anxiety from time to time but I always manage to push through it and get to the other side. I’m not happy unless I’m always striving for something, learning something or doing something. Sometimes I wish I would be paralyzed by fear! Hope you are well.
Ok. Your new address added to my blog roll. I’m getting ready to do the same thing. What a pain to have to make sure it’s changed everywhere. I don’t even know who all has me on their roll. Talk soon.
It’s true, the only time I feel fearful is when it IS something I’m passionate about and really want. The funny thing is, I usually tell a few people once I’ve set a big goal to keep myself accountable too but then the stakes feel even higher which can essentially cause more fear if doesn’t become a reality. 😉
What a beautiful post! And so truthful! Thanks for inspiring me!
So very true. It can be so difficult to push out of our comfort zone; so worth it though!!
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