Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Protecting yourself from the things you fear

"How much of your time and effort goes into protecting yourself from the things you fear?
And how much is spent serving your muse and your tribe and your potential?"  --Seth Godin

I see fear a lot.  Fear of pain.  Of my gym.  Of what people might think.  Of what people think of themselves.  We live in an age of fear.  The media plays on it -- so do those that want to keep us healthy.

Some fear is helpful -- fear can motivate us to change (change never happens when we're comfortable).

Too much fear is paralyzing -- and thus, the complete opposite of helpful.

The tricky thing about fear is that it needs to be acknowledged......but part two of that is being able to put it in it's place and more forward even though we are afraid.  And sometimes, I think we forget to do the second part of that.

Fear will always be with us if we are moving forward.  Moving forward is, by definition, moving into the unknown -- and that's scary.

So it's not a matter of getting rid of the fear, it's a matter of moving forward even though you're scared.


  1. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by each experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.” You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

    Eleanor Roosevelt