Last week, I was being interviewed by a lovely and clever University student, and we got chatting about fear.
And it got me thinking about a common misconception bandied about confident people – it’s assumed they don’t feel fear.
I don’t think that’s true.
Everyone is afraid, at some point or about some thing. Everyone gets scared. Everyone gets nervous. Anxious. Worried. Stressed.
It’s how we react to that fear that matters. It’s how we push through it that’s important.
When I’m afraid of something – big or small – I run to it.
I refuse to let fear hold me back from doing anything in life.
I know that if you let fear control you, then it will. It will grip you. Choke you. And consume you.
The best days of my life have been the ones where I’ve been the most scared. The best results I’ve ever gotten, the best I’ve ever achieved, have come from moments when my stomach has been tied in knots.
Fear is terrifying.
It can literally stop you in your tracks.
It’s also a great motivator. And face fear once, and you’ll be likely to face it again.
I’ve felt fear. It’s nearly made my knees buckle under the weight of it. Quite literally, one time.
But it’s also challenged me. Pushed me further than I thought I could go.
And it’s because I felt it. Sat with it. Heard it. And then used it. Against itself.
I get scared. I feel the fear. And then I do whatever is so scary and frightening anyway.
The richest moments of your life might just be clouded in fear.