Passionate Colors Newsletter ~ #9 ~ Fear Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

""No passion so effectively robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear." ~ Edmund Burke

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Every single one of us is afraid of something.
Fear of rejection…
Fear of failure
Fear of commitment
Fear of not being enough…
Fear of not having enough...

Ironically, 90% of these fears that immobilize us are IMAGINED. They are inventions of the mind, distortions that paralyze and prevent positive change.

"Nothing is so much to be feared as fear." ~ Henry David Thoreau

American writer and transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) once wrote those words in his journal while staying at Walden Pond for two years, two months, and two days.  He wrote poetry, chopped wood, and meditated on life.

It is important for our physical health to work through the fears of our lives. Noted self-healing advocate Dr. Andrew Weil observed that the stress of holding fear inside could cause various digestive symptoms, headaches, chronic pain, muscular pain, skin problems, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and frequent infections.

"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown." ~ H. P. Lovecraft

Ever notice how fearless children are? Children tell their parents about their fear, are comforted, and go back out to play. Most adults, on the other hand, have learned to hide fear, without recognition or admissions. Facing fear is what courage is all about. Accepting fear means taking control of it.

"If you fear nothing, you love nothing. If you love nothing, what joy can there be in life?" ~ Sean Connery

Actor Sean Connery grew up in poverty and overcame his fears to become one of the most famous celebrities in the world. His heroic film characters define courage and strength by boldly facing fear and taking action to change.

"He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Overcoming fear is a learned behavior. Just as everyone has a fear, everyone can learn to overcome the fear. Admit to what you’re afraid of. Admit it and you control it. Seek help or validation and move forward.

"The lens of fear," said spiritual writer Charles R. Swindoll, "magnifies the size of the uncertainty."

Don’t let fear paralyze you from taking action and achieving greater job performance and personal satisfaction.

My Favorite Books"Overcome fear, behold wonder." ~Richard Bach