You’ll probably have to make some fairly significant decisions today – in your work, with your team, for your boss, at home, financially. It really doesn’t matter who you are or what you do – sooner than later you’re going to have to make a decision, take a stand, or lead the charge.
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The thought of challenging the status quo or stepping outside of your comfort zone can be paralyzing. And, it’s usually because of fear.
Several years ago, I discovered that every evening at approximately the same time I was being asked to transition from my role as Madison’s dad to a member of her security detail. My job included escorting her through the house turning on lights before she entered a dark room.
Madison was so afraid of the dark that she required one nightlight in her room and one in the kitchen so she could see well enough to trek through the house in the middle of the night – which usually ended with her climbing into our bed. Yeah, we fixed that problem real quick!
To be fair to Madison, we all have fears. When I was a kid, I can remember having to take the trash out to the street after dark – immediately followed by me running like a girl (no offense ladies!) back to the house so the boogeyman wouldn’t get me. I’m sure the neighbors got a kick out of watching me!
Flip the switch
While all of us have experienced fear, our fears are almost always misplaced – if not totally unnecessary. For example, to dispel the darkness in our home, Madison could have simply flipped on a light switch.
And, now that I’m older and wiser, I’ve learned that there was no boogeyman lurking in the bushes around my home when I was a kid.
All of us are born with only two natural fears – fear of falling (which is needed to learn how to walk) and fear of loud noises. Every other fear is learned. And fear is the only emotion that is nearly universal.
In his best-selling book, Fearless, Max Lucado writes:
Imagine your life, wholly untouched by angst. What if faith, not fear, was your default reaction to threats? If you could hover a fear magnet over your heart and extract every last shaving of dread, insecurity, and doubt, what would remain? Envision the day when you can trust more and fear less. Can you imagine your life without fear?
So, unlearn them! Go ahead – face the fear. Your fears lose power when you confront them. Shine a little light on it – the boogeyman will disappear.
Life’s greatest memories are often discovered in the biggest challenges we face. And instead of fearing these opportunities to grow, we can embrace them with energy and passion.
Don’t allow your fears to keep you from growing. It won’t always be easy, but it will always be worth it!
Question: Have your fears paralyzed you in the past? What did you do to get moving again? Leave your thoughts in the comments.