Fear is a funny thing. On the one hand fear can save our life, like when we are in grave danger and fear tells us to run away from the fire and towards safety. This type of fear is necessary and crucial to our survival! But when the fear stops you from living your life, being YOU or chasing your dreams (or all of the above!) it is crippling and is doing you a disservice. Fear holds us back from our true potential and from showing up in the world.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.” ~ Marianne Williamson
When I read Marianne Williamson’s book a Return to Love, this quote stopped me in my tracks and really struck a cord with me. So many of us play small because we are so scared of what we might actually accomplish if we only tried. We don’t think we deserve success and happiness or we are paralysed by our perceived judgment by others. If you don’t show up every single day and share your light with the world then that is a great loss not only for everyone you come into contact with, but you loose a little piece of yourself every time. Every time you don’t share your light, you allow more darkness to come into the world. And with the state of the world at the moment we need more light, so much more light. By sharing you light, I mean being true to who you are and choosing love instead of fear on a moment to moment basis.
“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up” ~ Veronica Roth, Divergent
Divergent is one of my favourite series and I just love this quote. Use fear to wake you up and turn it into something to motivate you rather than paralyse you. Whenever you step into fear, remember that all you have to do is move your hands away from your eyes so you can see the light. That is, you just have to peel away the limiting beliefs that are holding you back from reaching whatever it is you want.
“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it.”
~ Wayne Dyer
I was talking to my friend on the weekend about how this year was going to be a huge year for us both with lots of growth and change and probably quite a roller coaster ride. I made an off handed comment something along the lines of “bring on 2017!”. Then I stopped myself and realised that I was fearful of experiencing that roller coaster ride. I reminded myself that wherever I was right now is exactly where I needed to be and I just needed to surrender and stay present in each and ever moment.
“Much of our anxiety and stress comes when we’re focused on fear and disconnected from the voice of our inner guide.” ~ Gabrielle Bernstein
When we don’t tune in to our intuition on a daily basis it is very easy to slip into fear. Trusting your gut every step of the way will ensure that you are always on the right path. No, that doesn’t mean that it will be easy, rather that everything will flow effortlessly exactly as it is meant. As the late Wayne Dyer said to us repeatedly in his workshop last year; “the answer to everything is to meditate”. So next time you’re tripping out with fear, close your eyes, take a deep breath and trust whatever your first instinct is.
“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. It is the ability to resist failure or use failure that often leads to greater success. I’ve met people who don’t want to try for fear of failing.” ~ J.K. Rowling
Who cares if you fail! The only person judging you, is you. I personally don’t believe there is such thing as failure. Every single thing in our lives serves some purpose, whether we know it at the time or not.
And what about these famous ‘failures’…
So if you take one thing away from reading this post I want it to be – feel the god damn fear and do it anyway baby!
Choose peace. Choose love. Choose light.