Move Past Your Fears
“You only know yourself when you go beyond your limits.” — Paulo Coelho
Fear maintains its presence in our life through the energy given to it through the accumulation of pain and betrayal. It’s typical for people to hide from their fears, though eventually they grow and overpower us. Have you noticed avoiding fear gives it more energy to keep it alive? Distancing yourself from fear does little to loosen its grip on you, it only constricts it. So, what is the antidote for overcoming fear? Moving towards our fears is how we make peace with them, so they don’t conquer us. Fear stifles our personal growth and limits our potential because of the narrative it preaches. It is nothing more than an illusion conjured up by the mind to keep us safe.
If we consider the storyline fear promotes, it is one of security and survival. That’s fine until it limits our success and happiness. For example, has fear stopped you taking action in aspects of your life? Do you play it safe in terms of your relationships, for fear of being hurt again? Whilst it’s understandable you feel this way, underlying this inner conflict is the need to be in a loving relationship. This desire means you either subscribe to fear or trust your heart to lead the way. Your source of happiness can only be found in the unknown. Do you stay within your comfort zone regarding your career? Do you feel unworthy of success or a better career? Be honest with yourself, otherwise it’s likely to become your disappointment later on.
I’m certain you have potential that yearns to be developed. First, you must confront your fears and see them as a facade that keeps you confined. Have you noticed those who insist on staying safe never venture outside their comfort zone? These same people complain life is unfair and success is hard to attain. They believe life is conspiring against them and refuse to take risks. They avoid awakening their potential, because fear has convinced them it is not worth the effort. Their fears are their adversaries, not their safeguard. I want you to make an agreement with yourself once you’ve finished reading this article. Declare you are worthy and capable of achieving what you set your mind to.
First, you must move past your fears and transform them into courage and faith. You must reconcile your fears, otherwise they will torment you until you silence them. By facing your fears, you weaken their grip and see them as signposts, leading towards a life of meaning and purpose. There’s a well-known passage in the bible that reads: “If you bring forth what is within you, what is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what is within you will destroy you.” It is with that I invite you to face your fears, rather than allow them to become your limits.
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