Afraid – Feeling fear; filled with apprehension
Fear – Something that causes fright or apprehension
Definition provided by Webster’s Dictionary
We all have fears. It is perfectly normal feel apprehensive. It is human nature to be afraid.
As human beings, we are expected to feel afraid at times. However, this common human emotion yields a dangerous domino effect:
- Fear creates insecurity
- Insecurity instills self-doubt
- Self-doubt prevents effort
- A lack of effort prevents success
In short, fear can prevent success.
Fear is a powerful force which cannot be quickly overcome. Coming to terms with our fears is a process which requires significant time and steady effort.
Overcoming fear is not a simple matter of “snapping out of it”. We must consciously work to overcome our fears and believe in ourselves.
When we live our lives in fear, we have nobody to blame but ourselves. We can’t simply rationalize our fears by pointing fingers at people or situations. Instead, are forced to look inward, as we become our own worst enemies.
The goal is not to avoid fear at all costs. The concept is not to refrain from experiencing this emotion.
The objective is to come to terms with and face your fears.
In closing, please consider the following:
- What are you afraid of?
- How do your fears hold you back?
- How do you intend to overcome your fears?
Next week, we’ll discuss productive methods through which to face your fears.