To Achieve Success, You Must First Embrace Fear

At every turn of my life, I came to a fork in the road where I had to decide (1) to be brave and embrace fear to propel me forward or (2) to allow myself to become a prisoner to the debilitating effects of fear and crumble. As humans it is natural that we experience a sense of fear when we think to the future–we fear what is uncertain. But it isn’t fear that stifles us, it is the mindset from which we approach life that hinders us. On the road to success, your mindset is everything, you must learn to be resilient. Life doesn’t happen to you, you have to structure one for yourself, and no one receives an invite to their own life.

To be resilient is to accept the high probability of failure and begin to walk the path towards personal progress while transforming fear into motivation. I’ve always been curious, and I have come to realize that my curiosity pulls me forward. I can’t stand to live wondering ‘what if,’ so I travel the course to find out. On my journey, I have had to be open to learning new things, be willing to ask for help, be resourceful, be thoughtful and prayerful to discern every step that is to follow, be mindful and prepared to silence any negative thought, and be grateful for every blessing I receive on the way. Believe me when I say none of this is easy, but there is no other way. You must be strong-minded to maintain the necessary mental clarity to problem solve and to form your short-term and long-term goals.

The great thing is you don’t have to travel the road alone. I have been blessed with a camp of supporters and continue to develop a healthy relationship with my Heavenly Father who works all things out for my good. So with all that said, I suggest that instead of asking yourself ‘what if I fail,’ ask yourself ‘what if I succeed?’

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us.

We ask ourselves—Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

Your playing small does not serve the world. there is nothing enlightened about shrinking, so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We are born to manifest the glory that is within us. It is not within some of us, it is in everyone.

And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

~ Marianne Williamson

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