“Everything you want is on the other side of fear” – Jack Canfield
Do you really think that what is holding you back is real?
Have you ever heard the story of the brave little tortoise:
Once upon a time, there was a tortoise on a ship, and the ship sank. Sometime later the tortoise made it to a desert land surrounded by water on all sides except for one. The landward side led up to a big, steep, craggy mountain. To avoid starving to death, the tortoise decided to climb to the top of the mountain, hoping that he would be able to cross to the other side.
When he got to the snow-covered summit he was freezing cold, and then a blizzard started. He just managed to make out a small pathway leading down the other side of the mountain. But the path was guarded by a big monster that wouldn’t stop shouting.
“Uuh uuh uuh!”
Such a sight and sound almost killed the tortoise with fright, and all he wanted to do was hide his head inside his shell. But, looking around him, he saw that many other animals were lying frozen to death, and with looks of horror on their faces. So the tortoise didn’t go into his shell.
He summoned up all his courage to move down the path towards the monster. The closer the tortoise got, the more the monster changed its shape. Then, when he was almost upon it, the tortoise realized that what he had thought was a monster, was only a great pile of rocks, which formed a shape just like a monster. As for the “Uuh uuh uuh”, the tortoise realized this was just the sound of the wind blowing through a small cave.
The tortoise carried on, and eventually descended into a beautiful valley, filled with woods, and plenty of food. The tortoise lived very happy here and became known everywhere as the Brave Little Tortoise.
This takes me back to the first question.
Do you really think that what is holding you back is real, or you’re just making things bigger than they’re because you’re afraid of what can happen if you’re brave enough to do it?
Focus on the bright side!
Most of the time the danger is not real, everything is inside your head. In other words, your insecurities and previous experiences can be playing you.
We usually tend to focus on the bad things that can happen, and then we just start thinking that those things are not that bad, this is the common approach.
Why don’t we start thinking on all the good things that can happen, all the things that we’re giving up if we are not brave enough and just let our fear to conquer us?
Sometimes, we are so involved in that pessimistic way of thinking that we need to regain the ability to see the bright side of things.
How can I beat fear?
A nice exercise is to make a list of what you think is holding you back. Writing down our fears make them less powerful. Then read the list and ask yourself these questions:
- The danger behind all these things is real? Or I’m just making things bigger than they are? Is it about my fears and insecurities?
- If any of the things on the list is a true danger, think about how you can reduce the risk… create a plan and just be brave and determined to make it happen.
Don’t let your fear keep you away from reaching your true potential. Don’t let your fear keep you away from living your life the way you want to live it.
Always believe in yourself and in your ability to make things happen. Self-Confidence is one of the greatest superpowers.
I wish you happiness, love and the courage to live your life according to your priorities ♥