Run Towards Fear
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was quoted as saying, “…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
The United States was in the middle of a harsh depression, and he said this as a way of comforting the country.
It was part of his inaugural speech for his first term.
The meaning of Roosevelt’s statement was to face your fears and not be paralyzed by them.
This was a key element in helping people cope during one of the country’s most desperate times.
And then, he later used his fireside chats on the radio to comfort people.
Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone.
Running towards your fears requires you to step outside your comfort zone.
Change is a necessary part of our lives, for every one of us.
But change can be difficult for many to come to grips with.
I know I don’t necessarily like change. I’m pretty sure no one does.
Hiding from fear can cripple people and usually makes the situation worse by not taking any action.
Try to remember this when you are in the situation where you need to handle uncomfortable situations.
Not taking any action, many times makes the situation worse.
When you do approach the situations you fear, you usually find they are not as bad as first imagined.
Not only that, you often feel a sense of accomplishment when you take on those fears.
Another way to manage those fears is to think back to when this happened before and how you got through it, and actually survived!
Most people have a fear of speaking in public or doing live video.
Setting yourself up to do just that can be a great start to running towards your fears.
If you can get through this, you have the tools needed to get through most anything else that comes your way.
Find a Support Group
It takes courage to break through and face that which you are afraid of.
But, if you look around, I bet you will find other people who have either gone through what you’re going through or are looking to do it too.
Forming support groups can be a great way to help each member with the situation.
The simple act of talking about it can often lead to taking the necessary actions.
If you stumble, the group can help you get back on the proverbial horse.
One thing I would caution you about though, is don’t let the finding of a support group hold you back from running towards your fear.
Don’t let talking to others about your fears lull you into thinking you’re doing something about it, when you’re actually not running towards what scares you.
Life is full of challenges that need to be dealt with.
Sheltering yourself from facing those challenges only puts them off to deal with later.
It’s very rare that deferring them will lead to a positive outcome.
Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back.
Let me get a little sharper on that statement.
Your fears hold you back from your dreams.
Your feelings of fear hold you back from what you were created to do.
Picture that you’re in a room with many doors.
One of those doors is labeled “fear.”
Going near it the fear feeling rises and it’s scary enough that we usually just leave the door alone.
Sometimes we look at it, but most of the time we pretend the door isn’t even there and focus on all the other “happy” doors in the room.
If we can brave the feelings of fear long enough to approach the door and open it, the feelings go away and we walk through the door to our dreams.
Most people aren’t brave enough to face the fear door, and all the feelings associated with it long enough to open it.
But what if you were strong enough to do it?
Whatever it is that you’re afraid of, trying charging at it with everything you have. Go through that door!
It’s not easy and the fear doesn’t ever go completely away, but each time you charge at it, or walk through that door, you get stronger and stronger.
Run Towards Fear.
Life’s biggest rewards typically lie just on the other side of what scares us most.
When something appears as a threat, think of it as data, not doom.
The fear you feel is merely the signal letting you know you’re getting closer to making a personal breakthrough and finding the success you’re looking for.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that the sky is darkest just before sunrise.
Just like that, our greatest accomplishments are often preceded by spine-numbing fear.
So, what scares you the most?
Stop ignoring the threat and confront it head-on.
That fear is only a traffic sign that reads, “Proceed forward. Progress ahead.”
When you bring fear into the light, it shrivels away.
If you hide from the fear, you only embolden it.
Confronting your fear will make you a stronger person and will prevent situations from building to a point of where they become unmanageable.
People will also see you as a leader when you step up to the plate and take charge of the situation.
The next time the hair on the back of your neck tingles, your palms begin to sweat, or your hands start to tremble… run towards it instead of retreating.
Your full potential lies just on the other side.
Now I’d love to hear from you.
What fear are you avoiding today?
What are you running from?
What helps you to stop running from fear and just going after you want?
Please share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love to hear your stories.
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