I strongly believe that fear lives in my comfort zone. It is the only thing that allows me to stay where I am, it keeps me safe, it is my comfort zone. It protects me from hurting myself, making mistakes and, eventually, paying for those mistakes. Fear creates a bubble around me, kind of a safety bubble. I can take it easy on everything that I fear, I have time. Except for the fact that I don’t have time. I cannot rewind my life or start all over again. So, what does fear do to me? It keeps me at the exact same place where I am not. I don’t try new things, I don’t experience personal and professional growth, I lock all the potential and passion in the word “fear”. I waste my time and energy on the imaginary bubble, that I created by myself. Does that sound familiar to you?
There are so many things you could be doing right now if you embraced your fear. The best part about fear is that it is your own battle: it’s up to you whether you defeat or be defeated. You don’t have to prove anything to anybody, you don’t even have to face it if you don’t want to. All you have to do is think about yourself and all the benefits you can enjoy if you challenge yourself. You are your own judge. If you try and fail – it’s ok if you try and succeed – it is even better.
Here are five things I realized about fear:
– Your fear is your chance.
A chance to be stronger than you think you are, chance to make small changes in your life that will make you happier. It’s a chance to live life in full.
– Fear lives in the mind.
We create it, we grow it, and, hopefully, we overcome it.
– Your fear is your challenge. Embrace it.
Working on your fear is the most challenging thing ever! It’s not easy to start but it’s even harder not to give up when you are halfway there.
– Tell yourself: “What if I try?”
Just imagine how much you can accomplish if you quit fear! What if you just try? No commitment required, just try.
The smallest fears, the ones you used to accept and live with all your life. Like the fear of fire, I used to have before I took the course of “Jewelry Basics” at Austin Community College. Or the fear to fail I had when I started my blog. The fear to embrace the challenge and start running outside. The fear of the new beginning when I had to leave my family and friend and move to Mexico.
When you face your fear, you start seeing new opportunities, you start living life in full. You realize that you are stronger than you think you are. And, most importantly, you do it for yourself and because of yourself. I am not asking you to go and embrace your fears right away, all I am asking you is to take a minute to yourself and answer “What if I just try?”. Because nobody will do it for you, you are the only one. You owe it to yourself, you’re worth having life free of fears.