Do the thing you fear most and death of fear is certain – Mark Twain
We have fears. We all do. But what’s important is what do we do about it.
The thing about fear is that can make you focus more on the possible negative outcome and not on the efforts that you need to put to do what you desire to.
It puts you in a state of mind where you don’t believe that you can win. And then the effort is more labored and mechanical rather than passionate and spontaneous.
But you can use fear to your advantage. The thing that you fear the most is the thing that you would need to understand, accept, then go ahead and do what you want to inspite of the fear trying to hold you back.
For example, if you fear death then you would need to first understand that what you actually fear is not death but the fact that you don’t have any control over its timing and the uncertainty that lies beyond.
You would need to accept that as of now there is uncertainty about this and although we may discover more information about death in the future, but at present, we only know what we know.
Having accepted that you cannot control anything about the future except your actions, the next thing you have to know is that the fear will always be there by your side.
It will try and stop you from doing anything. It will try to inject self-doubt in you, try to freeze you into inaction and make your mind go around in loops without achieving anything substantial.
So if you give into your fears you will end up not taking the next step forward towards your goals. But if you manage to trump it you can get back your power back and remove its hold over you which will allow you to proceed further.
So it’s now your choice if you want to overcome your apprehensions and go forward or give into them and stay where you are.