“The only thing we have to Fear is Fear itself” – FDR
We often get into our own way with too much thinking involved in some matters. With many fears followed to its root, it dissolves. You start to realize you are creating the fear. Sometimes fear seems to push people to grow, whereas others are destroyed by the same situation. A great deal depends on attitude. In the book “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield, he presents the concept of resistance. He describes it as a force that allows you to hold back on your creative wants, creating self-destructive patterns in your own mind. Not to worry, resistance does not have to destroy your creativity. You can use this resistance to pinpoint what you should be doing or going after. Get to the heart of the matter. Ask yourself, why you are feeling resistance and to what. You may find that it directs you to your calling. I have not been able to eliminate resistance, but I have been trying to use it as a guide, and most importantly when I find myself thinking negative thoughts about something, feeling like I’m not good enough, or I can’t do this or that, I try to stop it dead in its tracks and think about what I have done in the past. What I thought I couldn’t do that I actually did, and most times surprised myself. They say to do one thing that scares you every day. The only way for one to know the limit is to go too far. I find pushing boundaries gives me a greater sense of accomplishment. Looking back in hindsight more times than not I find myself realizing it was not so much of a big deal as I made it. You can only attain a goal by going after it. You must push through fear to get there. It is the way we gain confidence through life. Hell, even biologically hitting and exceeding goals gives us rewards, not to mention what it does for our spirit. Some of the most successful people I know of tackled their fears head on.