Fear Not

Last January I decided to focus my self-improvement efforts on a single word that would guide me through 2013. It would be the driving force behind all of my actions. That word was Balance. As I reflect back on the last year I feel a personal success in my implementation of this word in my daily life. But enough about the past. Moving on. New year, new goals, new word.
While reading the article 37 Life Lessons in 37 Years, one of the author’s lessons really resonated with me: Fear is often a very good indicator of what we really want and need in our life. Let it be your compass and enjoy the exciting adventure it leads you on.

So it was decided. 2014 will be a Fearless endeavor.

We are all individually capable of so much, yet tend to hold back our potential because of our fears. Fear of failure, fear of loneliness, fear of  making mistakes. These fears cloud our minds and divert our attention away from our goals and the things we really want. We settle. We become comfortable. We don’t jump hurdles or take leaps into what could be a happier future. It’s too risky. We’ve got to much to lose. But do we?

I am an extremely ambitious person, always wanting to achieve bigger and better. And when I want something badly enough, I get it. I’ve always known that I will do great things someday. Someday. (Note: I define “great” as that in which is meaningful to ME, realizing others may not see it as such). But why am I waiting for Someday? The fears within that are keeping me from accomplishing these things NOW will only intensify as the clock ticks and I may eventually convince myself that I have more to lose than I once did.

So here I am, ready to push this new strategy. From this point forward I will base my decisions on the answer to the following question: What would you do if fear didn’t stop you?

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3 thoughts on “Fear Not

  1. What is this fear you speak of?

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  2. Guess what Emidearest, sometimes being fearless leaves balance hanging. In fact, in my life anyway, more often than not, being fearless has meant being completely out of balance. Here is the good news, I find by living fearlessly, things get out of balance on a micro level, but end up balanced even more on a macro level. Life is a funny guessing game. Never quit playing.

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  3. ed says:

    Michael Jordan is famous for betting a lot of money golf. One time he was playing someone and they asked him, “how much do you want to bet on this round?” He replied, “whatever makes you nervous.” When I quit my job, I was pretty nervous. When I started my startup, I was pretty nervous, but – I wouldn’t live any other way.

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