Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.
You know, it could be that simple. We humans experience worry, anxiety, embarrassment and self-doubt. Those very understandable emotions all fall under the broad category of fear.
So, what are we really most afraid of? Well, one of the chief things is being wrong about the quiet voices that tell us about our greatest purpose and potential on this planet. We worry (too often) that embracing those voices as real will end up taking us down a path toward humiliation; that we’ll fall short, fail and be humiliated. This fear kills great books, transformational businesses, life-saving discoveries and true love before it can even begin.
But what if we allowed ourselves to be more afraid of not embracing those voices? What if we thought of our lost potential for not trying more seriously than our potential losses after trying? We would free ourselves to move in the direction of our dreams.
What else are many, many people afraid of? Death. We’re so afraid of it, in fact, that we fail to embrace life—as though not starting our life stories, in earnest, will mean that we never have to finish the stories. Translation: If we never live, we’ll never die. That’s hardly true. And it’s hardly a bargain anyone would want to make, anyhow.
Here are the two big risks you should fear in life:
- Not following your dreams and moving toward them.
- Not accepting mortality and, therefore, not living life with passion, purpose, love for self and love for others.
Everything else is secondary.
I suggest reading this blog daily, if you haven’t created a mission statement for your life yet. Then, create that mission statement and start moving toward it.
Dr. Keith Ablow