What are we so afraid of?

fear

Fear is a monster.

Fear has stalked many a man down in-route to their purpose.
 
Fear’s hairy grip will strangle your life, long before you ever enter a grave.
 
I know this because I’ve wrestled with this phantom.
 
I’ve felt the boldness of my soul daring me to do something worth a legacy — only for me to later fall back in line.
 
Because of fear.
 
We all experience this.
 
We’ve all felt it.
 
But the operative question though is: Why?

Why are we so afraid?

Criticism?
 
Failure?
 
Both could be true.
 
But neither stack up against the weight of a life’s purpose.
 
Years ago, writing for the public used to terrify me. And the few times I did work up the courage, I did my best to avoid writing anything too personal or embarrassing. Because, you know, people talk. 
 
But since then, I’ve let go of my fear of criticism and people’s opinions of me — and my writing. 
 
I realized that being transparent (despite my fears), have helped me grow as a writer and a man. 
 
If you pay attention, life has a way of telling you where you need to go based on your fears.
 
What do you wish you could do?
 
What’s stopping you from starting, right now?
 
If the answer is fear, that fear needs it’s jaw broken.

Pinpoint and call out your fear by name.

  1. Write down a list of all the things that scare you from your purpose.
  2. Now breathe and let them go.
You can’t afford to spend much time focusing on it.
 
You have great work to do.
 
Because at the end of your life, all that will matter is what you did.
 
Not why you didn’t do something.
 
As for me, I’d much rather live a “here goes nothing,” kind of life.
 
Better that than a “what if,” life.
 
How about you?
 
Now, what are you so afraid of?

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I am an author, traveler, and lover of all plantains.