Fear is probably the single biggest cause for failure in our lives. It is most often accompanied by worry and doubt. When these are present in our lives we cripple our ability to excel and thrive. We create our own obstacles and stop our progression. Fear will usually cause a fight or flight reaction. More often than not, the majority of people will fly. They run and hide from the fear instead of fighting it. While hiding from our fear, we begin to doubt ourselves and worry about the future. Instead of taking control of our future, we cripple it.
I understand that many of us have some real fears in our lives, these can be more challenging and difficult to overcome. We also each maintain many fears that are not only self created, but unfounded. We may fear for a family member and their struggles, or a fear of losing a job that we already have. This creates many times a self fulfilling prophecy, we fear we will lose our job, the worry and doubt in our abilities that accompanies the fear impact our abilities and performance in our job and we then create our own dismissal from our employment as a result. We bring to pass our own fears into reality. We may fear getting ill and the worry and doubt that accompanies it as we hyper focus on it in turn truly makes us sick, again we fulfill our own fears. These are just a couple of examples that lead to the fulfillment of our own self imposed fears.
Conversely, hope and belief can create an opposite effect. As we hope for a better life and believe that we deserve one, when our actions align with those beliefs we will open doors for ourselves that will lead to our own success. The old adage, if we can dream it, we can achieve it,.. this is true yet belief must accompany the dream for us to achieve those dreams. I have many acquaintances whom believe that they do not deserve anything better than what they have achieved or been given. This becomes true for them as they never move beyond what they have.
I remember as a young man starting out in my career for a whopping $4.75 per hour. I was happy because it was not the grocery store where I had been working prior for a mere $3.25 an hour. I had taken a step forward and I knew in my heart and believed unequivocally in myself that I would excel in this career and do very well for myself. I exceeded the expectations of everyone around me and created through hard work and my self belief tremendous success in my career. My success in my career became an anchor in my life and a road map in overcoming obstacles and challenges. Each time fear would show its ugly head I would fight it, face it and conquer it. I never allowed the doubt to accompany the fear and each time worry would enter my mind, I eliminated as soon as I was able to clearly identify why I was worried.
We can can achieve anything we want in this life with hard work and belief in ones self. In order to do so we must eliminate fear, doubt and worry from our lives. The future is ours to design and create. What we choose to bring with us will determine the level of success and happiness we achieve.