Fear is the enemy.
It’s so clear to me now – all the things I didn’t do or should have done were all based on fear of failure, rejection, being laughed at, at displeasing others…
As I creep towards the half-way point of my life and the newer mindset that I am still growing into, I often wonder how life would have been different if I had just tossed fear aside, taken a few more leaps of faith in myself and not let the world around me define me.
It’s been exhausting always on high alert and minding my Ps & Qs for fear of coming anywhere close to fulfilling those false preconceived notions and stereotypes, like this head-tossing sassy eye rolling woman…
It’s been stressful to work hard, in stealth and keeping my head down to limit the number of hindrances thrown in my path for sport to make me fail…
It has been a lonelier journey having to watch my back because sometimes the knives wielded came quick and unexpectedly from those I thought were friendlier…
…and sometimes from my own likeness.
Fear was indeed the enemy until I decided to make it a friend.
And I’ve noticed something quite fascinating since I’ve allowed fear to be an invited guest.
Not only am I discovering new things by challenging myself with fear, but the more I embrace it, the more the fear is shifting away from me and onto others.
It’s quite an eye-opener at how uncomfortable and afraid others can become when you take hold of the power you always had (but never knew you had) and stop drinking the koolaid that’s been served to you for so long.
It all just blows my mind.
Think about it for a minute.
What are you afraid of? What is holding you back? What would you accomplish if fear wasn’t a factor? And are you ready to shift away from fear?