Defeating Fear

Honestly, I was deeply terrified to even begin this blog, the thought of sharing it to a select few, let alone the world felt like taking as if I’m taking a *huge* leap of faith. The fear of “what ifs” which includes everything from what if my writing sucks? or what if no one relates to what I write? to what if my totally botched my grammar? was so palpable that it hindered me from starting and completing one post for the longest time.

Luckily, after several failed attempts, I was able to knock a sense into me that it is OK not to be good at something right off the bat and even if i “failed” – at least I was able to gather enough courage to do something that I truly wanted to do. Funnily enough, as soon as I was able to make peace with the mean whispers in my head, my writer’s block was lifted and the words and inspirations started to flow.

I’m sure there are countless times where you find yourself – scared out your wits – to do something different, something new – no matter how much you wanted to because of fear. I’m here to tell you that this is not the first time you’ve encountered this type of situation. Look back on your life – on your past- chances are there are moments in your life where you’ve managed to shove that fear aside and just did it anyways.

Well, whether you were aware of it or not, you’ve actually already uncovered “secret” to defeating fear because no matter how unpleasant (perhaps even to the point of feeling like you’re about to faint) you gathered up the courage and face the fear head on in order to do that very thing that you were so afraid of. I’m willing to bet that no matter how “bad” the situations turned out, they were never as bad as you imagined it would be. You’re still standing and it was certainly not the end of the world.

Perhaps Nike had it all along, That “Just do it” attitude is potent, it gives you a sense of confidence and pride of yourself for being brave enough to kick the fear to the curb. You felt this way because it’s these types tough situations – the ones that challenges you to step out of your comfort zone – are those that make you grow and shape your character. Perhaps moments like this even made you wonder what other amazing things you are capable to do because you’ve proven that fear no longer have a hold on you.

But of course, we’re all just human, soon enough, we’ll undoubtedly encounter countless terrifying situation in the future that makes you sick to your stomach that it stops you in your track.. yet again.

That said, knowing what you know now, when that time comes, be sure to recall the times where you were courageous and remind yourself that you are always stronger and braver than you think you are. You’ll find that it might just be the motivation you need to face fear and slay it mercilessly once more.

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