Fear… an excerpt from the book:
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For the first and only time, I purposely did not start this chapter with the definition of the word we are studying. Right now, I suggest that everyone who reads this book identify the one (or more) concepts that are slowing down their progress toward victory and success. For me, fear is definitely the one! I can honestly say that I have been filled with fear on so many occasions that it is the major roadblock on my path to success. I can guarantee that I am not alone. An honest assessment would probably lead most people to agree that fear is the number one adversary of faith and the roadblock to success. Fear has unbelievable power! Therefore, the only way to face fear is to thoroughly understand it to make a conscious effort to defeat it.
The definition of fear makes it crystal clear that our uncertainties are totally irrational. Fear is defined as an unpleasant or strong emotion caused by the expectation or awareness of danger. When we examine this definition carefully, two words should jump out: expectation and awareness. Expectation means that we think something will happen. Awareness is having knowledge of something. In other words, having fear means we can be negatively influenced by the knowledge of something we think can happen. We truly do not know if it will happen. This is why an accurate acronym of fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.
In order to overcome fear, we must understand that it is the enemy of everything we have covered thus far. Fear prevents us from believing in victory. Fear takes away our faith. Fear makes people think the only time if applies is when something could go wrong. Fear serves as a dream killer. Fear causes people to alter or completely change their vision. Fear prevents people from pursuing their passion. Fear steals our momentum when it is time to set goals. Fear robs even the most energetic people of their motivation. This summary shows how fear attaches itself to each of the success strategies we have covered so far. It also shows the power of letting fear dictate how we will live our lives.
…In conclusion, we must ask how successful people handle their fears. I am one who believes that some people have an innate, God-given ability not to be fearful in some of the most ominous situations. I think this trait is in all of us, although it may only appear in certain situations. Two people in the same situation will experience different levels of fear. In these situations, successful people expect victory. They turn “ifs” into when. They can turn their dreams into visions of success. Successful people know how to focus on their passion as an antidote for fear. They have taught themselves how to handle their fears through goals and using the right tools for motivation. The great news is you can do it too!
Affirmation: I have fears, but I will no longer allow them to prevent me from reaching my destiny.
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Chapter 4: Dream: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 3: If: Defining Success, One Word at a Time
Chapter 2: Faith: Defining Success, One Word At a Time