February 10, 2010.
"One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his greatest surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't." Henry Ford
No one likes to feel scared. It's a disempowering, disconcerting, down-right debilitating feeling. Yet many times we go through life scared; scared of making a mistake, scared of making the wrong decision, scared of doing the wrong thing.
When we're scared, it's difficult to move, it's tough to breathe and it's nearly impossible to think straight. There's not a lot of hope. There's not much light at the end of the tunnel. We're not upbeat, we're not optimistic, we're not ourselves. We're just scared.
Nervous about what might go wrong, we become timid and hesitant. Worried about making the wrong move, we become edgy and tense. Concerned about the mistakes we may make, we become flustered and uneasy. So we sit trembling in fear, unable to move.
"Do what you fear and fear disappears." David Schwartz
Being scared has got to be one of the worst feelings on earth. We don't want to be afraid. We don't want to be worried. We don't want to go through life feeling frightened and fearful. Yet many times we do exactly that.
Instead of bravely charging ahead, we lay back, looking to play it safe. Instead of fearlessly forging forward, we remain uncertain and hesitant, unsure of what we should do next. Instead of boldly advancing in the direction of our dreams, we become preoccupied with worries and indecision, focusing on what MIGHT go wrong or the mistakes we MIGHT make.
So we play the game of life scared half to death.
"The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek." Joseph Campbell
What has playing scared ever gotten you? Has it made your life better? Has it brought you closer to the life you've always dreamed of living? Has it done anything besides make your life a good bit less than you hoped it would be?
Being scared drags you down - and keeps you down. It robs you of life's infinite richness. And it makes you feel just plain lousy.
Playing scared is no way to live life.
It's time to stop worrying about losing. It's time to stop worrying about making mistakes. It's time to stop being scared... and start becoming the winner God wants you to be.
You need to start living life with a fire in your belly. You need to start chasing your goals with passion and fervor. You need to start giving life your very best shot.
"Courage is doing what you're afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you're scared." Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
Being scared is a part of life. Regardless of whether you like it or not, you're going to feel scared on occasion. You're going to be afraid to take a chance. You're going to be scared of making a mistake. You're going to be tempted to give up or give in. In these make or break moments, when you must make a move or be broken, you must strike back; forcefully, boldly, bravely.
You must attack your fears and beat them back. Pound them into the ground - and then knock them out. You've got to get them out of the way. Then and only then can you live your life the way you were born to live it. With no more fears, no more being scared and no more regrets.
You need to push the accelerator right to the floorboard, going after your goals with a fiery fervor that cannot be stopped. You need to live each day with an all-out approach, where you give life everything you've got, with absolutely nothing held back.
No longer scared, no longer afraid, you're free to live your dreams.
The Bottom Line: Always play to win.
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