Everyone Is Accustomed To Fear, Yet It Is Passion That Makes You Fearless

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“Passion is born when you catch a glimpse of your true potential.” — Anonymous

Fear is sewn into the fabric of our lives and has a way of impairing our judgement. Many people are dominated by what they stand to lose instead of what they can gain. From an early age, we fear the unknown and what is likely to impose on our wellbeing. However, it begs questioning whether fear is a self-inflicted prison or something real?

You are no doubt aware of the acronym for fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. Whilst this may be the case, fear is genuine for many and can keep us trapped in our circumstances if we are unaware of it. Remaining safe does not equate to living a remarkable life because we are governed by our emotions instead of transforming them. It involves overcoming what previously tried to control us and finding evidence to support an emerging reality. We challenge outdated beliefs and take inspired action to support our new beliefs.

So, is it possible to live with fear without it impairing our judgement? Yes, in fact author Susan Jeffers, who wrote Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway, offers insightful methods to transform our fears without them imposing on us. People believe fear means not taking action. Jeffers suggests fear is more prevalent in our life than we believe, yet despite this, we should still take bold and courageous action: “Every time you encounter something that forces you to “handle it,” your self-esteem is raised considerably. You learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what happens. And in this way your fears are diminished immeasurably.” 

Another way to overcome our fears is to pursue our passions, which embody our innermost desires. We must bring them to life to overcome our fears, anxieties, and worries. Our passions are connected to our greater self that is not bound by fears or negative emotions, but inspiration. When inspiration and passion converge, it is akin to a matchstick thrown on dry wood, resulting in a burning flame. One without the other are merely objects, yet when brought together, they can set anything alight.

Passion Requires Inspiration

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” — Ferdinand Foch

Passion engenders courage because we are driven by a strong desire to realise a greater purpose than our fears. Passion douses the flame on fear and turns it into smouldering ashes before it burns furiously. Our passion, equalled with inspiration, must be associated with a compelling WHY. It is infused with a deeper meaning tied to our purpose with an intent to bring forth the gifts from our soul. It would be remiss of me to come this far and suggest that passion alone can overcome fear. Passion requires inspiration because one fuels the other and together they are allies in battle, waging war against the enemy, namely fear.

Therefore, if we wish to overcome our fears, consider the following formula:

Passion + Inspiration + WHY = Fearless

One need only look at those achieving remarkable things in the world: inventors, engineers, sportsmen, artists or otherwise. They have a deep connection to these ideals and are often referred to as fearless, because they learned to transcend their doubts through a higher consciousness. Similarly, the American academic Angela Duckworth explains in Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: “Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.” Knowing this, I invite you to consider the passions that make you come alive. How can you spend more time emersed in your passion? What feelings emerge when you are involved in these activities? The key is to experience more of them, so they take centre stage in your life and drive out fear. The message is simple: find your passion and be inspired to be fearless in your pursuit of it. For when the time is right, you will have overcome your fears.

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