Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Embracing Fear

From Thom Rutledge's book, Embracing Fear:

"With fear in charge, you can never fully relax, let your guard down, be your true self. You can't open up because you are afraid of how people will respond if they were to meet the real you. When fear is in charge, you simply cannot take that chance. Fear will not allow honesty, fear despises spontaneity, and fear refuses to believe in you. Fear may mean well, but it ruins everything by overprotecting you, insisting that you stay hidden and keep a low profile, promising that your time is coming . . . sometime later.

"Fear is bold, but insists that you be timid. Take a chance and there will be hell to pay: fear will call on its dear friend, shame, to meet you on the other side of your risk taking, to tell you what you should not have done. Fear will trip you, tackle you, smother you, do whatever it takes to cause you to hesitate, to stop you. In this way fear is fearless.

"Fear will remain in charge for as long as you let it. It will never volunteer to step down, to relinquish its authority.

"Your assignment is to live a life that is not ruled by fear. To do this, you must be able to identify, at any given time, exactly what fear is telling you--or rather threatening you with--and to disobey its instructions. Every morning when you awake, make a conscious decision to remain in charge of your own life. Fear cannot occupy the space in which you stand, but it can, if you let it, scare you away.

"Let your personal motto be 'NO FEAR.' Say those two powerful words as you put your feet on the floor, as you look into the mirror, as you walk out the door. Ask yourself each morning, and all through the day, what will 'NO FEAR' mean to me today?

"Ask yourself this question and don't forget to wait for the answer."


Anthony said...

Thanks for sharing. I appreciated the quote and the personification of fear and shame. They are a dynamic and horrible duo.