Fear paralyzes even the strongest of individuals. Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear to try something new or out of your comfort zone, fear to be completely honest with yourself or others, fear to take a chance, or change your mind and your path in life. Fear is one of the most paralyzing emotions that we experience in our everyday lives. Sometimes it can touch us once and leave us forever paralyzed or reminiscent. People are often so afraid to take a chance because they often want a guarantee, but nothing is guaranteed in life. Their current situation works only because it’s feasible and they’re accustomed to it. But what if I said your life would change for the better if you took a chance. It is better to try than to waste time by regretting or wondering for the rest of your life. Sometimes what we are most afraid of isn’t as big of a deal or as hard as we often make it out to be. Sometimes out of fear we cause ourselves more frustration or stress than is really necessary. The longer we avoid it the bigger it becomes, and the harder it is to conquer and overcome. The fear can consume your life and take control of or effect your everyday choices. Fear causes us to miss out on a lot of moments and opportunities in life. Ask yourself, in the end is it worth missing out?
Believe it or not failure can be a good thing. It brings our attention to that which we want or desire most. It inspires and encourages change. Sometimes we can stumble or fall because of it but it teaches us to get back up and try again. If we hadn’t tried to conquer our fears we wouldn’t be where we are today. To get to where you are currently at in your life now, you had to conquer some form of fear. Don’t tell me “No” because I can name multiple moments just in your childhood alone when you were afraid of simple things that seemed so overwhelming, simply because you were afraid. I know things are different as adults but sometimes we need to remember that even though we are afraid, we are often afraid of the smallest things. Nothing is impossible. Believe in yourself and in your ability to overcome your fear. You never know what is just around the corner or what is awaiting you on your path in life if you just take a chance.
We’re all afraid of failure. You’re not human unless you possess fear. Most humans are actually afraid of the unknown. Everyone wants to know what will happen, what the future holds, or what the best path in life is. Everyone wants to know the good but fears the bad or the path, choices, and decisions to get to the good. Fear teaches us to be cautious of the unknown. But why do we let fear limit us? And what are we missing out on in life because of our fears?
One of my biggest fears is taking a chance on a new day job. I have the biggest problem with waking up early in the morning. I wake-up to alarm clocks but once in awhile I have the ability to sleep through my alarm. My fear is losing a dream job because of my failure to get up on time. I know I am capable, hard working, determined, and a very dynamic individual but my only fault is not being able to wake up on time. I have a tendency to do well but every once in awhile I miss my wake-up alarm and oversleep. My fear is that I will get connected to a job through my family or a friend of the family and that I’ll fail to wake-up on time just once. I fear losing a dream job or an incredible day job because of my inability. I don’t want to be jumping from job to job or have my inability to wake-up once in a blue moon be the only reflection of me and who I am as a person. It may sound silly but it’s true. My other fear is to pursue a job that is not even related to my desired career field. I fear getting stuck at a day job unrelated to my field because I’m worried about wasting more time than I already have, I’m not getting any younger. Now as I sit here writing this, I am starting to realize how silly my last statement is. I know I am not currently working in my career field other than doing random jobs as a free-lance photographer but I am just afraid I will not have as much time to focus on or pursue my photography.
If you spend every waking day being afraid of failure you will never learn your true potential. Most people wait until they are forced to make a change but it always better to act on your own accord instead of being forced into it by a drastic change in your circumstances.
Fear forces you to challenge yourself and your current direction or path in life. Fear is one petrifying emotion but you have to ask yourself if you’re always afraid, will you ever realize your true potential? Can you maximize your potential, your circumstances, or your life without facing your fears and possible failure? Everyone is afraid of something but it is the ones who accept their fears and challenge them that make the difference. The ones who courageously face their fears and either conquer them or don’t give up until they do so. Do you honestly believe you can get anything you want, dream of, or desire without facing your fears? Everyone is afraid at some point or another in time. Don’t forget that everyone is new or was new and inexperienced at some point in time. The first step is admitting and realizing your fears, while attempting to overcome them. As long as you keep moving forward in your battle against fear, that’s all that matters. Sometimes failure will set you back, but you cannot be afraid of moving forward. You cannot be afraid of taking chances or achieving what you desire and deserve.
People cling too easily to the familiarity and comfort of their everyday lives and what they’re use to, that they fight so hard to keep it from changing. If they put half as much effort into conquering their fears, they might be surprised of what they can accomplish or change. If you freed your mind and allowed yourself to keep an open mind instead of putting limits on yourself, the possibilities are endless and may surprise you. By giving into fear you are paralyzing your free will.
This year I decided to stop being so afraid and take more chances, even if I fail or make mistakes. Surprisingly because of the chances I have been taking new doors are opening and new opportunities are presenting themselves. If I hadn’t taken some of the chances I’ve taken this year I wouldn’t be where I’m currently at, especially as far as my dreams are concerned. The process is slow but I am steadily progressing and improving little by little every month. I’m just trying my best to move forward no matter how afraid I get or what I encounter. I sometimes get scared and have to pause or take a moment to re-evaluate the situation and my fears, but I eventually take the next step and hope for the best.
What are you waiting for? Stop waiting and cease the moment conquer your fears, maximize your potential, and achieve what you deserve. Nothing is impossible…so don’t limit yourself. If you run into an obstacle along the way or maybe even reach your limits, just remembering to keep pushing forward. Try to achieve better and above all do your best, that’s all that matters in the end. No one can say you failed if you gave it your best.
Where will your potential take you?