Fear is a monster with a sweet, comforting voice. It tells you everything is fine, just the way it is. It convinces you that opportunity, despite how much you wished for it in the past, should be declined because deep down, you don’t want it anymore.
Fear is a liar and a thief. Its greatest trick is convincing you that you’re happy with less than best.
You wanted that big break, or even just a little one, to help you live a more purposeful and fulfilling life. You dreamt of the chance to write a book, give a speech or appear on television. You wished that life could be different in some way, so you worked hard to move in the right direction. But then the right moments came and you took a step back to let opportunity pass you by and move on to the next willing participant.
Secretly, fear says, “You can’t. You don’t know how. You aren’t good enough. You don’t deserve this. You will fail.” Then, as you try to explain your hidden hesitation, fear helps you retell the story with, “I don’t want it. I don’t need it. I’m happier this way.” So you stop, you stay the same and you settle.
Fear’s lie might feel good, but it’s still a rotten lie.
It’s important that you never forget what it is you want, where you’re trying to go and why it really matters. Because that sweet, compassionate and comforting voice of fear will always be there, waiting to intercept you in the final stretch.
The truth is that you DO want the upgrade this opportunity will provide; you’ve only just forgotten all the reasons why. You lost sight of the bigger picture and now fear is creeping in. It wants to keep you safe – and small – where nothing bad will happen. Sadly, “nothing bad” will always also mean, “nothing truly great.”
If you’re fighting for a great big goal, then hold on tight; fear is on its way. Thankfully, it only has as much power to steal your dream, as you’re willing to give away. So when opportunity comes and you feel the fear approaching, take a deep breath, ignore the monster’s voice and say yes to breakthrough anyway.