Monday, January 19, 2015

Lessons :: What if Fear is All You Know?

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To be honest, I was actually afraid to write this post.

I was afraid that...
I wouldn't know what to say.
I wouldn't have enough to say.
My readers wouldn't connect with it.
My readers would think I'm crazy.
It wouldn't be good enough.
I wouldn't be be good enough.

Yes, I was afraid to write a post about being afraid. Pretty silly, right?

Sadly, it's also pretty normal. We're all scared of something, whether it's death or failure or rejection, and we allow those fears to guide our decisions.

But if I always listened to my fear, I wouldn't go anywhere or do anything. I wouldn't put my life out there on the internet, and I certainly wouldn't be where I am now.

Controlling our anxieties isn't about pushing them away, but by facing them head-on and saying, "You're wrong, and I'm choosing to not listen to you." (Just play this song by Big Sean and shout it out to your negative side. It works for me.)

So, how do you overcome when you've let your fears dictate your actions up to this point?

As with anything else, it's about practice. You need to practice being confident before it becomes second-nature. Fake it 'til you make it, friends. And it'll get easier, every time. I promise.

Your desires were placed within you for a reason. You were meant to do something great with them. You are special, you are powerful, and you are worthy of wonderful things. It's taken me awhile to believe that about myself, and sometimes I still struggle with it.

But deep down, I know it's true. It's true for me, and it's true for you.

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