Some people feel fear about things that other people don't even think about. Some people fear everything. Some appear to fear nothing. I have never met a person that doesn't fear something.
I let fear hold me back for a long time. I was afraid that my writing wasn't good enough. I was afraid nobody would read it. I was afraid of what people would say about my writing. Those fears are still there but I faced them. I published my book and I told people that I did. I have started work on another book. I will self publish it because now that I know how it makes sense.
What fears are holding you back? Is there something you would really like to do but you are holding back from doing it?
Over the years I have read a lot of books, reports, essays and articles about fear. The best advice I read was the title of a book by Susan Jeffers, "Feel the Fear and do it Anyway". It isn't easy but until you do it you will stay where you are.
I've sailed through hurricanes that damaged the ships I was on. I got jumped and badly beaten fighting off a bunch of skinheads who were beating up a shipmate of mine in Portsmouth, England (I didn't even like the guy). I got a tattoo and I hate needles (I have four now). I've driven through blizzards so heavy that the windshield wipers couldn't keep the windshield clean. I've sailed a 24 foot sailboat through six foot swells and high winds on Lake Ontario. I've climbed to the top of the mast on a ship at sea to change a light bulb the officer of the watch said wasn't bright enough. I've sat in a car and watched a boom truck in my rear view mirror while it plowed into me and shortened my car by about one foot.
I was able to overcome the fear in each of those events.
The biggest fears I've struggle with are in my head.
Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of what people think, fear of rejection. These fears hold me back on a daily basis.
What are you afraid of? What one thing would you do or be if fear wasn't holding you back?
I struggle with the fear of calling people about my writing and my Send Out Cards business. The fear involved is fear of rejection.
I believe that fear of rejection is the most prevalent fear in the world. Even as I write this I'm questioning whether or not I should publish it.
Of all the people I have ever known, those who have pursued their dreams and failed have lived a much more fulfilling life than those who have put their dreams on a shelf for fear of failure.