A potentially crippling emotion that we’re all familiar with.
Some of us feel it during a public speaking event. Some of us feel it as we approach the pretty girl at the bar. And some of us feel it as we sell off our possessions, quit our office jobs, and pursue a life we’ve always wanted.
Fear is a powerful emotion.
As powerful of an emotion as it is, it is predominantly a hindrance in the modern world.
Take all the fears I listed above. What do they all have in common?
They are ALL irrational.
What would our lives be like if we didn’t allow irrational fears to dictate our actions?
This is not to discredit your fears. There could be valid reasons in your past that have caused you to fear speaking in front of a crowd. What I mean by an “irrational fear” is that it is not a threat to your existence, life, or well-being.
We evolved to feel fear because it’s an evolutionary and survival benefit. Fear kept our ancestors alive by avoiding dangerous situations that threatened their lives and ultimately helped project us to the top of the food chain.
In today’s world, we don’t have to worry about a jaguar snatching us as we walk down 5th Ave.
Nevertheless, fear remains.
Fear in the present in modern world
Fear in the modern life usually presents itself as an irrational fear. The irrational fear will keep us safe. But will ultimately have us living a shell of the life that we truly desire.
Allowing these irrational fears to dictate our lives will keep us feeling comfortable, stable, and secure. For many people, this is all they desire in life, and that’s fine.
However, if you want to live a life of excitement and adventure that will have you excited for the possibilities ahead…
You’re going to have to go in the direction of your fears.
You’re going to have to take risks.
You’re going to have to do what scares you.
I’m very fortunate to have been born an American.
As a American citizen I was presented with opportunities and gifts that so few people have on this planet.
I have access to technology, education, and monetary opportunities that are almost impossible for some people on Earth to access. Simply because they were born on a different corner of this beautiful blue rock.
It would be a shame to allow these gifts, opportunities, and blessings go to waste.
We have the freedom to pursue the life we want with few outside forces obstructing the direction of our dreams.
The biggest obstruction in our way?
Our self-proclaimed limiting beliefs.
And where do these self-proclaimed limiting beliefs stem from? You guessed it, fear.
We are blessed to be living in a day and age where we don’t have to work jobs we despise in order to survive and feed our families.
I’m a first generation American. My parents came to this country as immigrants and I’ve seen from first-hand experience the endless hours they worked to provide for my sister and myself.
They had no other choice. Work hard at a job that put food on the table, period.
As a middle class American living in 2017, we have opportunities that people couldn’t have imagined a couple decades ago. We have the opportunity to live, work, and play on our terms.
I’m a believer that as an American living in the 21st century, fear is the biggest factor that holds us back from living the life we truly want to live.
There are so many opportunities available that allow us to pursue any kind of lifestyle we want. All you have to do is dig deep, find the courage, and take action.
So why are so many people working jobs they hate, to pay for things they don’t need, to impress people they don’t like?
Fear to take action.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of judgment.
Fear has a way of drilling itself into our minds and convincing us that the worst case scenario is what will inevitably occur.
What will happen if you quit the job you hate?
Fear says: Your parents will disown you, you’ll go homeless, and eventually you’ll starve.
Reality: The leap of faith and courageous action to pursue the life you want to live will LIGHT a FIRE under your ass. You’ll use this fear as FUEL and you’ll succeed because you have no other choice.
The moment we become mindful of this difference between, we’ve taken the first step at conquering fear.
Will you be frozen by fear? Or will you use fear to fuel your growth?