“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind” ~ Napoleon Hill
This past weekend provided us with a few last gorgeous autumn days this year. And a great opportunity to get outside and do some work around the house before the upcoming winter. That meant things like raking leaves, putting away summer items, taking down Halloween decorations, and cleaning out the rain gutters on our house.
The whole idea of cleaning out our rain gutters means that I have to get up on the roof to clear the leaves that have fallen into them. And I have this unhealthy fear of heights. Oh, I’ve gotten better over the years. It’s helped that I’ve challenged myself in this area. But still, the fear remains. I’ve gotten much better at being on the lower level of our roof. However, the second level is still very “scary” to me.
I climb up very carefully, and then I only sit and scoot along as I clean out these gutters high in the air. This fear I have holds me back from standing up, from walking, from feeling at ease. Until recently, I used to have my father (thanks, Dad!) do this job whenever he visited – anything to get out of going up there where I felt unsure of myself. Up where fear overcame me – and held me back.
Does fear hold you back? Are there fears in your life that keep you from doing certain things with your life?
Think for a minute about being a child, and being afraid of the dark. Why were we afraid of the dark? Because we couldn’t see. And that’s not unlike many of the fears we have today as well. Maybe we fear failing – and don’t try something new – because we don’t know what the end result will look like (we can’t see it in our minds). Or maybe we fear the unknown (we can’t see what we don’t know). Maybe the idea of success, as Ari discusses, is a very real fear for us. Sometimes our fears come about because of everything we hear in our world (media, politics, friends, coworkers, etc), as CK Reyes discusses. Or whatever it is that we fear.
It’s normal to have some of these fears. Nobody lives their life without some fear from time to time. It’s normal, but that doesn’t mean we have to just accept these fears in our life. The key is to realize that many of these fears are a state of our mind. And our mind – we can change! It may not be easy or happen overnight (my fear of heights, for instance). It may create new fears as we try to resolve what holds us back. It might make us feel uneasy as we take those initial steps to overcoming what it is that holds us back from our great potential.
It might be any number of these things. However, in conquering our fears, we can take ourselves to new heights (not like the roof example!). New heights as we overcome some of the stumbling blocks, the fears, that keep us from reaching our great potential we have within us.
It’s there, in all of you! Greatness. You – every one of you – have within you the awesome power to be great! Great in your own special way. And to reach this greatness that is within each of you – you have to overcome the fears that hold you back from reaching this awesome potential within.
Take big bold steps, take baby steps – do whatever works for you to begin to turn these fears into positives in your life. Do this, and you will soar! Your greatness is waiting to be released!