If you were not afraid what would you attempt? Give it some thought, and allow the wonder of it to stir your heart. In a world where nothing is impossible, you can sail the seven seas; you can create the cure for cancer; you may open up North Korea to the “Free-World”. Nothing is stopping you from dreaming of a world where anything you want is possible.
Fear is not an indictment against you. Most people are fearful. This emotion is a healthy check to keep humans from unwittingly hurting themselves. However, we have the “playing it safe” concept ingrained into us. That means most of us grew up in a system where you go to school for so many years, get a job, and work towards retirement. This model is alright if that is your view of life. After all we know exactly how much income is coming in from working at a “job”. We can device plans based on our expected income. Every little aspect of our daily, weekly and monthly living is neatly ordered in time sensitive economical packages. That ‘pay-check’, and the source from which it comes, serve as a pillar of stability in our lives – and that model actually works.
For those of us who believe that we are here for something better, there is one major barrier in the way. The barrier in the way of living our dreams is the ‘unknown‘. You may not sail the seven seas as long as your ‘job’ would not allow you to take time off and go sailing for 9 months. How in the world are you going to pay for your living expenses if you are not working? This is where life’s reality hits you in the face. You either sit down and set that dream aside, or you stand up and make a way to live your dreams. How to fund our lives while living our ‘passions’ is the main unknown in the equation of our lives. If your electric bill or house is not paid for, something uncomfortable happens. So, being aware, and working to stay afloat is definitely necessary. As such fear cannot be written off as some unreasonable factor.
Whatsoever we do not know or understand is usually viewed with trepidation. Fear, the emotion inbuilt to keep us from hurting ourselves, has become a crippling baggage. There are ways to take on this unknown quality of life. To get rid of this baggage, or to set it aside temporarily, or to tone down its intensity, there are a few steps we can take.
HOW TO MAKE YOUR FEAR SERVE YOU
Start on a Small Scale – If your goal is to open an organic food restaurant, you may start by sharing your recipe, and taking on small catering projects. This way, you may build your clientele. And if things do not work out, you can to switch to something that works, without interrupting your daily life. If things work well, then you can scale it up, and have a part time operation. Over time you will be ready to open a full-scale restaurant.
Incremental Development – This is to build something on a small scale, and then add to what already exists. If you are building a custom car, for instance, you could build one part at a time. Over many weekends, the car will be complete, if you build in small increments regularly.
Face Your Fear Head-On – To face your fear is to accept that you are afraid, but to act despite that awareness. Inherent in this idea is evaluating the situation, and taking calculated risks. Be cognizant of the fine line between boldness and foolishness. If you want to go sky-diving, be 3 times sure that your ‘reserve’ parachute works, before jumping.
Collaboration – There is nothing we cannot achieve, if we don’t care who gets the glory. By cooperating with people of liked minds, we can consolidate our physical and brain-power to create something worth living for. The Civil Rights Movement, Google, the Constitution of the United States, and numerous great achievements are the results of people working together as ONE, towards a single goal.
So, now that you have read this far, the question, once again, What would you attempt, if you were not afraid? Think about it. Do something about it.