Encouraging Thoughts to Help You Push Through Fear and Achieve Your Dreams
Are You Fenced in By Your Fears?
There are a lot of brilliant people in the world who are very capable of achieving amazing things, but have limited results in their lives because they feel like they are fenced in by their fears.
The following is a list of fears that people often feel are limiting their personal success:
- Fear of what other people will think of them if they aren't successful in their endeavors-They feel like they wouldn't be able to handle the humiliation of people calling them failures or laughing at them for even making an attempt at achieving their dreams.
- Fear of what people will think of them if they are successful-They wonder if people will feel intimidated by them once they have achieved the successes that they have been working towards. Maybe they don't like being in the limelight and worry about the attention they will receive if they are successful.
- Fear of financial success-Whether consciously or subconsciously they have a belief that there is something evil about having money. Instead of thinking about the possibilities of using that money to give their families a fantastic lifestyle and even using much of it to share with those who are less fortunate, they get caught up in the idea that the wealthy are selfish and don't care about anything besides money.
- Fear of not being good enough-They are afraid of the emotions they will have to face if they aren't successful or if things don't go exactly as planned.
- Fear of being undeserving-There are some people who for whatever reason feel like they don't deserve to have success and joy in their lives. This deep fear can undermine almost any attempt to achieve their dreams.
Fear of the responsibilities that may accompany success-Success could lead them to have a busier lifestyle than they have today. They have a strong sense that a particular path in life would be good for them and that if they followed that path they could have a positive influence on others, but they aren't sure if they could handle all the work that would be required to actually go down that path.
This is just a small list of fears that often get in the way of people's dreams, making them feel fenced in, and this fence often appears to be something more like an insurmountable wall than a practical fence of protection with a gate that they can easily open if they want to step outside.
Fortunately for all of us, the walls of fear are absolutely surmountable, particularly if we put things in perspective and use the proper tools to help us knock those walls down. Like Joseph B. Wirthlin so beautifully said in a 2008 address, "We may not be immune to being afraid, but we do not have to succumb to it."
Are you ready to face your fears and start living your dreams?
Fear can be a thick fog that smothers our dreams. It can be a cage that restrains us from reaching our destiny...We each have a spark of divine courage within us. We may not be immune to fear, but we do not have to succumb to it.— Joseph B. Wirthlin
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Our Deepest Fear
Before we move on to conquering our fears, I thought it would be good to address what for most people is a common fear and maybe even the deepest fear.
I think that once we address this point, it will be a little bit easier to apply the other tools that I have for you when it comes to moving forward with courage, conquering fear, and achieving your dreams.
Rather than using my own words, I'm just going to share one of my favorite quotes with you, because Marianne Williamson (in her book A Return to Love) says this so much better than I ever could:
“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 most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. 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 all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as 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.”
If you have read a lot of my other articles, it is likely that you have read this quote from Williamson before, but I hope that like me, you never tire of it.
I'm not going to say that this is every person's deepest fear, but I think that it is a true fear for many people.
If you are one of the many people who is a bit afraid of your own potential to make a difference in the world, love will be an extremely powerful tool in helping you to conquer your fears.
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Love Conquers All...Fears of Course!
If you are looking for a tool to help you knock down the thick wall of fear that has your dreams waiting on the other side, it's time to focus on the love that is in you and the love that surrounds you.
In the Bible, you can read, "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear"
I realize that some people reading this might not put the same value in the words of The Bible as I do, but I think that most people can see some value in the idea that when our hearts are full of love, our fears are more easily cast to the side.
The following Bible verse has brought me great confidence in this area as well:
"For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind." -2 Timonthy 1:7
Loving others with a deep, genuine, and long-abiding love can give you the courage and motivation to achieve your dreams and really give your best to the world.
When you are doing your best, and living true to your highest self, you are helping to lift everyone around you to a higher level.
Of course this can be scary at times, but if you allow your love of mankind to keep pushing you forward in your contributions to the world, no fear that creeps in is going to be strong enough to stop you.
When we love ourselves, we are able to conquer those fears discussed earlier of being undeserving of success and joy. We recognize that we are people of great value and that we deserve to succeed and accomplish our dreams.
We don't have to worry about what other people are going to think, because we know that we love ourselves. and that we are people of great value no matter what people's opinions are.
Three tips to help you experience more love for yourself and others:
1. If you are a believer in prayer, pray for charity...it works!
2. Make it your intention to see the good in others (including yourself) everywhere that you go. Nobody is perfect, but focusing on the good certainly helps to make people appear more lovable.
3. Do secret acts of service. You can make it a game by trying to see how many secrets acts of service you can perform each day. You will love the people you serve and find yourself more lovable as you serve others.
Do you think that love can really conquer fear?
Faith is the Opposite of Fear
Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to accomplish a task when you really believe that you can do it? Even the most daunting task can become absolutely possible when you apply a little bit of faith.
Russel M. Nelson said that "faith is the antidote for fear." I love that idea.
I personally am strengthened by a faith that I am a daughter of God, that He loves me, and that He wants me to have all those experiences that will be the most beneficial to me and to everyone else in the world.
Coming from this paradigm, I can shove fears aside knowing that things are going to work out in my best interest no matter what as long as I am trying to do my best.
This doesn't mean that I will always be successful at the venture that I start out trying to achieve, but it does mean that if I put my best foot forward, I might discover something even better waiting for me around the corner as I set off on my chosen path.
I realize that not everyone shares this belief, but whether you believe in God or not, I hope that you can believe that there is good in store for you.
Whether you think it comes from some other divine source, the universe, or from anywhere else, I hope you can see that you have intrinsic value just by being a part of mankind and that good things in your life are much more than just faint possibilities in the distance.
Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave some fantastic advice when he said to "doubt your doubts before you doubt your faith." Trust your faith, and just keep moving forward.
When you move forward with faith and face your fears, they will quickly dissipate so that you can see life with a greater clarity.
The best things in life can be your realities if you are willing to step out into the dark with a little faith, breaking down the walls of fear and striving to achieve your dreams.
It's time to move forward with a belief that good things are in store for you. Like Harold Brown once said, "It is better to face fear once than to live in its shadow."
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Move Forward With Courage!
We're all human, and because of that, we are all going to experience fear at times. It is what we choose to do with those fears that is going to matter the most in the long run.
Are we going to choose to focus on the love we have for ourselves and others and allow that to knock down those intimidating walls of fear that are threatening to barricade us from our dreams?
Are we going to allow our faith to move us forward even against difficult odds?
Mark Twain once said, "Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear-not absence of fear."
I like this quote because he acknowledges that to fear is human and it shows that sometimes you just have to look fear in the face, validate your feelings, and choose to keep persevering even when the task ahead seems daunting.
I think this is particularly true when you have received a strong personal confirmation that the path you are choosing to embark on is one that is an important, worthy, and maybe even necessary cause in your life.
Jeffrey R. Holland shared the following words of wisdom when speaking to a large group of University students:
"I wish to encourage everyone of us regarding the opposition that so often comes after enlightened decisions have been made, after moments of revelation and conviction have given us a peace and assurance we thought we would never lose...
The reminder is that we cannot sign on for a battle of such eternal significance and everlasting consequences without knowing it will be a fight- a good and winning fight, but a fight never the less...
With any major decision there are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing...
Face your doubts. Master your fears. 'Cast not away therefore your confidence.' Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold before you."
This whole address is really quite powerful and amazing, but I'll let you seek that out on your own if you are interested.
While it was given with the assumption that decisions have been made after heart felt prayer (which is something that I personally recommend), I'm certainly not going to say that it is impossible to make a good decision without praying about it, and I think that the advice that he's given is still quite valid in any situation where you truly feel that you are doing the right thing.
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Go Out There and Achieve Your Dreams!
Now that you have the tools of love, faith, and courage all ready to help you break down that wall of fear, it's up to you to do the rest. Nobody can do it for you, but I'm confident that if you are willing to put forth the effort, the results you see in your life will be completely worth it.
Don't be surprised if the results you end up with are even better than what you expected. You will probably be amazed at the growth you see in yourself and the positive influence that you are able to have in the world when you choose to step out of the shadows of fear and really let your light shine, playing the role of your best self in the world.
I'm excited for you to continue forward with your journey, and I hope that you are even more excited than I am.
Fortunately for all of us, the walls of fear are absolutely surmountable, particularly if we put things in perspective and use the proper tools to help us knock those walls down.
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