“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to achieve something or be successful. I suppose I surround myself with passionate people and I thrive on watching people grow. Seeing someone work hard and accomplish something is wonderful and magical. It is nothing short of inspiring to see someone victorious and know that they deserve it.
And yet, I lie awake many nights and just before I drift off, I panic. My heart rate increases and I feel the heat rise to my cheeks as my body physiologically responds to my mental state. The fear of failure bubbles to the surface and my eyes flip open. Perhaps it does for everybody, and it makes me rather sad. Fear is many things: a motivator, a bully, a hero, and a paradox.
Unfortunately most of the time it ties your hands behind your back and whispers terrible things close to your ears. It makes you feel unworthy and undeserving. You become too scared to move forward, afraid of leaving the house, afraid of chasing the dreams you have for yourself. You remain stuck and trapped, closing all doors and windows, even frightened of the breeze perpetrating change in your life.
The only way to beat this feeling of inferiority is to beat it. To tell it, loud and unwavering that it is wrong about you. It is imperative to stand up for yourself to yourself. Anyone can say no to you, anyone can tell you that you cannot do something, but when you start knocking down your own dreams, that is failure. You are only failing yourself. You are obligated to yourself to ensure your happiness. You are in charge of your own courage and you call the shots. You are the only person who can shut the fear down. It is up to you to do so.
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that
something else is more important than fear.”
― Ambrose Redmoon