To do anything worthwhile you need courage. Even when the odds are stacked against you or the resources needed to accomplish your tasks are scarce or the road to success is rough you don’t give up, ever! Instead, you dig deep inside yourself for inner strength. You encourage yourself when there is nobody to encourage you by not losing sight of your vision before you.
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anaïs Nin
It is okay to be anxious. The road to a critical decision is always full of anxiety. It is unavoidable. So you may as well face up to it. It is human nature to try and rationalise all the scenarios of a decision even though we know we don’t know what is going to happen in the next moment. Our mind is constantly bombarded by these questions especially the “What if…?” ones. I call this the small ‘’Nagative’ voice. A combination of the words ‘Nagging’ and ‘Negative’:
What if I don’t make it?
What if everything does not work out the way I had planned them?
What do other people think of me?
What if other people don’t like what I am doing?
What if I don’t become financially successful?
What if I fail?
What if I succeed?
Add your own ‘What if…?’ nagative voice.
It is okay to be afraid
It is okay to be afraid. How do you overcome this fear? You embrace the fear of doing the unfamiliar but still go ahead and do what needs to be done. You are only a failure if you don’t face the demon of fear that lurks around the corner of every good and wholesome venture that you have a vision to accomplish. What you fear won’t go away until you confront it and overcome it. Kill the fear and the battle is won.
The fear of doing anything worthwhile in a situation where you face an important decision point in life is like a man drowning in a river who sees something that looks like a log of wood floating towards him. What is the worst thing that could happen? He is afraid to grab it because he thinks it may be his worst fear – a crocodile. The preservation of life dictates that you grab it and ride it to safety. If it is a log of wood – your prayer has been answered. You have been saved. If it is a crocodile then you have a real battle in your hands. At least for a few minutes your mind would be taken off the prospect of drowning as you fight for your life. And the funny thing with life is that sometimes the fight you are afraid to fight may be the one that drags you all the way to the rivers shore.
The log of wood and the crocodile symbolises the vehicle and the work involved that you may have to use and do to achieve your goals. The venture you are afraid to pursue may take you to the peak of success that you have wished and dreamt of. Life has always worked in mysterious ways for those who hold their vision before them. This mysterious ways has been facilitated by the hands of providence.
Your life is already a success
Your life is already a success. In life change is inevitable and it takes courage to embrace every change that occurs in your life. These changes are those you initiated yourself or those that are forced on you by external forces you don’t control. You are already a courageous person because it takes courage to live from one day to the next. But every additional successes in life demands additional courage. So dig deep into yourself. Go back to the original source of life from where all power emanates, demand for and access what you need to accomplish your goal.
Tell us what your ‘What if…?’ nagative voice has been whispering in your ears. How do you encourage yourself when you are in a difficult decision making situation?
You have nothing to lose when you confront fear than gain everything that you did not have before. Be a winner. Be a champion. Be courageous today.
“Courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” – Edward Vernon Rickenbacker
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