We sometimes confuse fear with not wanting to do something. It is easier to say you “don’t want to” than to realize you do but fear won’t let you. The latter can make you feel disappointed in yourself, which never feels good.
But when you name it as “fear”, it really helps you see it from a new perspective and this can empower you to make a different choice. If you “don’t want to,” you are excused from the activity- there is no point in trying.
If you want to but are afraid, you know what you are working with. You can ask yourself what you are afraid of and decide if it is worth giving up on.
How do you do something when fear tries to stop you?
Name it out loud. Commit. Take action toward that goal.
On Facebook, I saw someone who wrote as their status: “Today, I will______ without fear.” (hoping their followers would fill in the blank.).
But sometimes, I think, we can feel fear and do things anyway. It may be too much of a stretch to do things without fear.
If we waited to do something until we had no fear, we may never do it.
I changed it.
I am not willing to put my life on hold for fear. Are you?
Today, I Will ______Without Letting Fear Stop Me.
Do you hear the total power of that statement!
Now, let’s see what we can do….
Today, I will listen to my kids without letting fear stop me.
Today, I will call him without letting fear stop me.
Today, I will speak up without letting fear stop me.
Today, I will exercise without letting fear stop me.
Today, I will know what I am worth without letting fear stop me.
Today, I will do my best, without letting perfectionist expectations stop me.
Today, I will serve my fellow humans, without letting doubt stop me.
Today, I will get out of bed, without letting anxiety steal my life from me.
Today, I will refuse my obsessive thoughts, without letting them trick me into thinking something bad will happen.
Today, I will believe in myself without letting fear stop me!
Today, I will let go of guilt…
Today, I will have fun and be silly…
Today, I will give myself a break, go gentle with my judgments…
Today I will ask for help…(and allow someone to help me)
Today I will get the job done…
Today I will walk the walk…
Today, I will express love…
Today, I will be generous…
Today I will sing, dance, play…
Without letting fear stop me.
What will you do today? Please make some commitments right now and add them in the comments!
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face… we must do that which we think we cannot.” Eleanor Roosevelt