There’s the fear of poor health
The fear of having an accident
The fear of the sky falling
The fear of an economic collapse
Experts say the fear of public speaking is the number one fear of all.
And there is the fear of fear itself, I suppose.
In every instance of fear that we face, we just need to do it! We need to act in spite of fear.
Denis Waitley, highly successful speaker and writer says, “FEAR stands for
That’s what it all boils down to.
So, what is it that we fear exactly?
I remember anticipating going to college while in high school. I looked at my brother’s college year books from past years and dreamed of the day I would set foot on campus.
When the day finally arrived I made the fifty mile trip, un-packed my stuff, then lay down on the bed in my dorm room. I felt this awful sense of fear and loneliness.
I was afraid of getting out and enjoying and exploring my new territory.
I didn’t know if people would like me and accept me.
I was afraid of making a fool of myself.
I wanted to be Mr. Cool, Mr. Big Man on Campus.
But what if I failed?
Finally I had to face my fears, pull myself up off that bed, plant one foot in front of the other and begin the journey for which I had longed. I had to get out there and meet people and begin making friends. All it took was that first step. But I had to face my fears and just go do it. I’m so thankful I did just that.
For most of my adult life I’ve had this desire to write, but fear kept me from attempting it, and if I did attempt some things, fear kept me from showing them to anyone.
Before I had my first magazine article published in 1979, I almost abandoned it because of fear. I’m so glad I didn’t. I received a check for $22 for that first article. Wow! I was rich … for a day.
I’ve sung solos when I’ve been afraid.
I’ve given speeches when I faced fear.
I’ve been on job interviews when I’ve faced fear.
I’ve done lots of stuff in the face of fear. And I made it through all of them. I’m still standing.
I’ve grown and learned from every situation in which I’ve faced my fears.
And I am alive!
Some wise person once said, “Face your fears and the death of fear is certain.”
What fears do you face?
What is the worst that could happen if you faced your fear and did it anyway?
What is the best that could happen?
Those are really the only two questions that matter when it comes to facing our fears, aren’t they?
Let me encourage you.
Act In Spite Of Your Fears!