Fear is the barrier between success and failure. It prevents people from reaching their goals. People fear everything. Fear cripples people’s ideas. Fear keeps people in a mental prison forever.
What is Fear? Where is fear from? Why do we fear the things we fear? What is the purpose of fear? How can we cure fear? Is it really possible to get rid of fear? If not, how can we live with fear?
According to Zig Ziglar, fear has two meanings: “Forget Everything And Run,” OR “Face Everything And Rise.”
So let’s look at some of things that prevent people from reaching their full potential. As I said earlier, people fear everything, including the following:
- People fear failure.
- People fear success.
- People fear confrontation.
- People fear rejection.
- People fear commitment.
- People fear taking responsibility.
- People fear other people (fear of people).
- People fear making decisions.
- People fear making any changes in life.
- People fear embarrassment.
- People fear starting their own business.
- People fear going to school (they fear learning new things).
Thanks to psychologists. They have fancy names for these fears. They call them “phobia.”
How does fear affect us?
Fear stops people from doing what they are destined to do in life. It prevents them from reaching their goals. It prevents them from major achievements. For example, people would prefer to be absent from a major meeting than to face the crowd. Fear makes people call in sick from work, because they don’t want to meet with the new customer, or they don’t want to take on the new assignment. It makes people feel REALLY sick. Fear prevents people from doing a major corporate or personal presentation. Because they cannot stand the crowd. Fear keeps people in isolation. It prevents them from reaching out to their neighbor. It prevents them from enjoying their lives. The question is, “How can we live with fear?”
It is important for us to understand that “fear is real”. if we want to conquer fear, then we should do the following:
- We should understand where the fear is coming from.
- We should take action. That is, we should confront fear. We should face fear. Don’t just sit back and expect your fear to disappear-it is not going anywhere.
- We should always prepare for new situations.
That been said, let’s take a look at what experts have said about fear:
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.–
Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist
Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.– Paulo Coelho, Brazilian novelist
A man who is not afraid is not aggressive; a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free man, a peaceful man.–
Jiddu Krishnamurti, philosopher
Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.–
Everything that you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear.–
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.–
Michel de Montaigne, philosopher
Whenever there is fear, you will get wrong number.–
W. Edwards Deming, engineer
It’s the perpetual dread of fear, the fear of fear, that shapes the face of a brave man.–
George Bernanos, author
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.–
Elbert Hubbard, writer
Laughter is poison to fear.– Alan Rickman, actor
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.– Bertrand Russell, philosopher, historian
Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.–
B. Spinoza, philosopher
The oldest and strongest emotions of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.–