I am fearless
Thought for the week – Fear Made Positive
Fear of not being good enough, smart enough, tall or small enough, rich enough or successful enough can be debilitating. We often think of fear in a negative way, but fear can be a very positive force. Fear can signal that you are changing and growing.
When people change their work or have some change in their lives there is always some fear and discomfort. That is part of it. When I started my school my fear of failure was absolutely a motivator and I did my best to use it to my benefit. The reality is that if change were easy, you would have already done it. Progress can happen when you manage and use your fear to your advantage.
There is also a different kind of fear, fear of being successful. Recently, a friend said to me, “I’ve realized that I’m not afraid of failure. I’m afraid of success”. What if I get the new job? Can I do it? Our own self-doubt can trip us up not so much on the ability to get there but what if I do?
One of my favourite quotes of all time is from Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? Even fear of success can get in our way”.
Please accept that the fear factor is a natural part of starting down a new path. Know and accept your ‘go to’ fears so you are ready for them when they appear. Find the positives of fear and don’t aim to go around it or avoid it. If you accept and embrace some fear, it can work for you. It just might be a sign that you are ready to start a change that has been waiting for you.
- Be a sign that you are doing something that’s important to you
- Indicate that you are learning something very new
- Confirm that you are outside of your comfort zone
- Give you creative energy and ideas
- Cause you to act on something that you know is important
Do something positive for yourself and check out our one day workshop on 24th March.