Welcome to The Motivational and Inspirational Corner Newsletter. Each and every month we bring you a motivational topic that's designed to energize that winning spirit you hold deep inside of yourself. After all, winning comes from the inside out. This month's topic is a particularly hot one, since it deals with overcoming fear. So hold on to your seat and let's get started.
Let's go ahead and clear the air right up front. Fear can be a frightful thing; paralyzing us from our heads right down to our toes -- and everywhere in between. Fear can stifle our creativity, impede our progress and place seemingly insurmountable obstacles in our paths. Fear is far and away the biggest obstacle any of us will ever have to overcome on our trip to the top. Regardless of whether we're talking about the fear of taking chances, making choices, implementing changes or the really big one - the fear of failure, fear can hammer us into submission.
"Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is."
- German proverb -
Whenever fear happens upon the scene, it invariably brings its nefarious companions - feelings of worry, self doubt, anxiety, overwhelm - along for the ride. These feelings tend to impair the would-be winners' ability to cope, thereby knocking them down and if they're not careful - knocking them down for good.
"When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear."
- Inspirational quote by unknown author -
Fear also has a bosom buddy that it works in tandem with and that sidekick is called procrastination. Fear and procrastination, procrastination and fear. Now those two teamed up together spells double trouble. One is certainly bad enough, but together they can have a truly devastating effect on a would-be winner's life. Wherever you find one, you're more likely than not to find the other varmint lurking as well.
Think about it for a moment. The moment you fear something, there's always a tendency not to do it. Then by not doing it, your fear increases off the charts. Fear and procrastination can and will steal your dreams if you allow them to do so. Here's my advice to you -- don't let them.
It has been said that fear is only "false evidence appearing real." I really like that definition and here's why. Nine times out of ten the reason we fear something is because we're unsure of the unknown. This unknown component causes us to worry and fret. But come on, isn't worrying about something that may not ever happen a lot like paying interest on money you never borrow? Sure it is.
"There is nothing that wastes the body like worry and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever."
- Inspirational quote by Mahatma Gandhi -
"Feed your faith and your fear will starve to death."
- Inspirational quote by unknown author -
So what in the heck causes us to have these feelings of fear? As a rule, the prospects of failing or falling short causes these feelings of fear to emerge. The good thing about fear it that it is only a feeling - and winners have learned that they can condition themselves to control their feelings. Winners mitigate any impending feelings of fear by fully focusing their efforts on what they can do to make the situation better.
These winners have conditioned themselves to have absolute faith and trust in their God given talents and abilities. They know they can have what it takes to overcome any adversity and it is this supreme faith that counteracts any feelings of fear. This powerful confidence separates the winners from the pretenders. When the going gets tough (as it is sure to get from time to time), the winners get going and get the job done - while the pretenders get lost. "The tests of life are not meant to break you, but to make you."
"It takes struggle, a goal and enthusiasm to make a champion."
- Inspirational quotes by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale -
Winners never back down and never back up. They know, I mean really know deep down where it counts, that they have what it takes to get the job done. They overcome any feelings of doubt and despair by developing an indefatigable self assurance about themselves. They never cower or hide when fear comes knocking. They face their fears head on and defeat them. Their eternally positive outlook allows them to literally eat fear for breakfast. Their faith provides them the needed boost to see them through the challenging times they encounter. They refuse to allow fear to overrun and overwhelm them. Faith is the key.
"Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain."
- Inspirational quote by Mark Twain -
"Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened."
- Inspirational quote by Reverend Billy Graham -
How about you? When fear shows its face, do you pound it into submission or does fear do the pounding? Any and all fear can be systematically eliminated when you choose to focus on making the situation better. You have what it takes to put fear in its place - and always have.
Finally, we should take heed of Franklin D. Roosevelt's sage advice when he said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." When you show the steadfast courage to staunchly refuse to give in to your fears, then and only then will you be able to realize your abundant potential on earth. Fear not -- and you'll conquer your fears.