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Overcoming Fear

Do you know what it feels like to be scared? Do you know what it feels like to have fears swarming around in your head? I can almost guarantee you everybody has had that feeling at least once in their life.

How do you overcome fear? You might ask. Or even, you might ask: “What is overcoming fear?” Both of those two questions are two good questions. The answer to Question #1: Understand that fears are only worries swarming around in your head that make you hesitate to live your dream and, possibly, do what no one else has done before.

The answer to Question #2: When you overcome fear, it means you overcame an obstacle that was blocking your path. It means you have disregarded that fear, understood that you can do it, and pressed on toward the finish line. Never give up. You only fail when you give up.

I read this real story once, and it was about one of the runners Jamaica sent in one of the Olympic games. He was hurting and tired, and the winners had already been recognized and the race was over a long time ago. He limped across the stadium, trying to get to the finish line. One of the observers watching him asked him something to the effect of this: “Why didn’t you give up?” And the Jamaican answered to the effect of: “Jamaica didn’t send me to give up; they sent me to finish the race.

One of the important things is to never give up – ever. Fear helps you give up, because it gives you thoughts that are blocking your path. There’s a great acronym for fear. F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real.

“Fear is not real,” says actor Will Smith in his movie After Earth, “The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may never exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me: Danger is very real, but fear is a choice.” In summary, Will Smith’s character in the movie is saying that the danger that causes fear is real, but not the fear itself. It’s an illusion.

Just remember to think those impacting words in your mind: “Fear is a choice.

– Written by Arianna Fox

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