Isn’t It Time to Take Action Against Your Fears?
“Do what you fear and the fear disappears” – Joseph Schwartz
I use several sayings to help me remember the importance of taking action, all of which help me overcome fear:
- “Taking action overcomes your fears.”
- “Action equals results.”
- “Massive action equals massive results.”
- “This year’s efforts pay next year’s bills.”
- “Today’s work will fund tomorrow’s biggest dreams.”
Author and speaker Les Brown tells us that:
“You are currently molding your future; whatever you are now doing will result in what your future holds for you.”
I believe that what Les Brown says about taking action is one of the ultimate truths in life. Here’s another way to look at the concept of taking action.
I have saved the following excerpt from Murray McBride’s forum for many years because I believe it emphasizes how important taking action is, especially when put in the context of fear:
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must out-run the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must out-run the slowest gazelle or it will starve.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle: when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!”
Exercise for overcoming fear:
Think back to a time when you were ready to make a big decision, such as starting your own business or moving to a new city.
- Did fear arise?
- How so?
- What did you do to lessen and, eventually, overcome this fear?
- What lessons about fear did this experience teach you?
Everyone has fear
One of the main things to remember when fear arises within you is this: Everyone has fears! The key is to accept this fact and move forward despite your fears. This, I believe, is the true meaning of courage.
If you feel confused and frightened before beginning something, think of Christopher Columbus in 1492. When he started, he didn’t know where he was going.
When he got there, he didn’t know where he was. And when he returned to Spain, he didn’t know where he had been.
Plus he had made his great sailing voyages all on borrowed money.
Think for a moment, then list dreams or activities that you have thought about doing at some point but have never begun or completed because of fear or apprehension.
To succeed in life and reach your destiny, you must develop belief and trust in yourself.
French novelist Anatole France said:
“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
These are excerpts from my book “Creating Your Own Destiny”, and this is one of the many topics I can speak on. I am happy to customize the topic to relate to the needs and interests of the audience I will be speaking to.
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