December 24, 2002.
All of us occasionally experience that knee knocking, sweaty palms, gut wrenching feeling of fear. Like it or not, it happens to all of us at one time or another. How we handle these feelings during our most troubling times speaks volumes about our character.
If you don't stand up and conquer your own fear, it will show no mercy. It will not stop until it put its death grip around your throat and chokes the life out of you. Its sole purpose is to take absolute control over you and it will if you let it. But do not fear.
You can turn your fears into high octane fuel once you realize that fear is only an emotion -- and you can control your emotions. You simply need to learn how to get your emotions working for you, not against you. When you do, you'll discover that fear is in reality only false evidence appearing real.
The biggest fear most people have is the fear of failing. Rather than try something that may result in failure, many people opt instead to not try it at all. There is a huge difference between not trying because you think you might fail and giving it your best shot and failing.
While failing is never fatal or final, refusing to give it your best shot can be. Hey, let's face it, we all fail. And nobody likes to falter or fall short -- and that includes winners. But winners are never afraid of failing and that is the key to their success. They keep plugging away, getting better and better with each successive failure. It shouldn't really surprise us that the most successful people in the world literally failed their way to success.
You should look at failing as a necessary "growing pain." Hey, none of us likes pain and sure, it hurts when you get knocked down or suffer a setback. But allow me to ask you a couple of questions right now. How much pain have you and your family already endured because you lacked the courage to take a chance and give life your very best shot? Further, how much more pain are you willing to suffer by continuing to allow fear and procrastination to rule your life?
You probably answered that first question with "too much." Hopefully you answered the second question with "no more."
Without question, not giving yourself a legitimate shot at doing your best and being your best is the biggest failure any of us could ever suffer. How can we ever expect to get better if we don't give it all we have to give? With a little practice, you can get really good at turning your fears into FUEL.
A friend of mine used to say he "ate fear for breakfast." Boy, did he have the right attitude or what? Instead of caving in to the temptation to quit, he challenged himself to turn those feelings of fear around and use them as a source of ongoing strength and motivation. You and I can learn a lot from the example he set.
Norman Vincent Peale once said, "Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them. You will find that they haven't half the strength you think they have." You can learn how to turn all of your fears into fuel when you regularly carry a fear not attitude around with you every day of your life.
TODAYS MOTIVATIONAL AND INSPIRATIONAL QUOTES
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
Fear is never a reason for quitting; it is only an excuse.
Norman Vincent Peale
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
The biggest mistake you can make is continually fearing you will make one.
Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
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