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Fear

Posted on by Brian Hertzog

What are you greatest fears? Are you afraid of disappointing your loved ones, being misunderstood, perhaps you're only afraid of your friendly house-spiders; whatever it is, you're not alone.

We all have our fears. Whether we're willing to admit to them is another story entirely. Yet, the ability to acknowledge what we fear is one way to help us understand these powerful and sometimes irrational worries.

Write down what frightens you most. Look at the page. Ask yourself hypothetically what would happen if this fear became a reality. Would it change your life, the lives of those you cherish?  You may be surprised to discover that even our greatest worries won't stop the sun from rising.  Truth is, our fears will always exist, and it's our task to question and confront these fears in spite of their ability to influence our behavior.

There's a fantastic scene in Troy when Achilles is summoned to fight the opposing country's greatest warrior. The young messenger boy describes him as the largest man he's ever seen, to which Achilles responds, "that is why no one will remember your name."

t requires tremendous courage to confront our fears. Yet, doing so provides an opportunity to practice bravery and to do the unexpected. Denying your fears won't actually help you in the future. Only by admitting our worries can we overcome their effects. This of course is no easy endeavor, but the results might be the difference between completely unheard of and remarkable. So, what are you waiting for? The stage is yours.