There was an American Indian boy, who had reached the age of entering into adulthood. He was told if was ready, he would be tested. The test would be a Vision Quest in which he would go out into the wilderness alone for 3 nights and 3 days. If he lasted the 3 days and made it back alive, his a ccomplishment would be celebrated and he would be considered a young adult with more privileges.
The boy was eager to go on the Vision Quest, but also very afraid. He had never ventured very far from the tribe and certainly not by himslef overnight. After a few days of not knowing whether or not he was ready, he went to the Chief and told him that he was confused. “I have a battle go
ing on inside of me. One part of me says I’m ready to go on the quest, the other part says I am not ready.”
The Chief responded, “Trust the part of you that says you are ready.”
Uncertain, the boy asked, “How do you know that?”
The Chief replied, “Because that is the one you will feed! Starve the other part of you by paying no attention to it.”
In the last blog I posted, I introduced you to the subject of fear and noted that our thoughts are what start us on the path of feeling fear and making choices based on that. Overcoming Fear, Doubt & Worry – the INTRODUCTION- https://authenticlifecoach.net/overcoming-fear-doubt-worry-introduction/
If you haven’t read that, it would help you to understand this blog to do so.
Like the Indian Brave, we all want to grow and become better, but it can be scary. Try to remember that everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.
Fear is really just the border of the reality we have known. What is outside what’s familiar is beyond that border, like the next part of the road that is beyond the headlights.
Everything you’ve ever wanted is one step outside your comfort zone.
One of the most prevalent fears of all is the fear of failure.
Thomas Edison, inventor of the incandescent light bulb, said:
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.
He realized that in order to succeed, he had to eliminate anything that wouldn’t lead him in the right direction. To him, all “failures” were actually just feedback. He wouldn’t give up his dream! Fear can be changed into a stepping stone using the right strategies. What are those strategies?
Stay tuned, because that is the subject of the next blog. We will be looking at common fears that many people have (maybe even you) and some strategies to overcome them.
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