It’s always there.
It can either liberate or bury you.
It all depends on how you deal with it.
Compare fear with the wind. When it is a gentle breeze against your cheek, you hardly notice it. However, when it tuns into a howling gale you instinctively brace into it.
No matter its strength you only become mindful of the wind when you notice it, gently rippling over or buffeting your whole body. In that moment of mindfulness you can decide to enjoy nature or cower from its power.
Fear is always blowing.
At times with ferocity.
Choosing how you confront fear puts you in power.
As much as we sometimes fear fear itself, it is an integral part of our overall energy system.
I’ve pitched for millions of dollars in funding; I’ve given many keynotes and run countless workshops all over the world; as a lawyer I delivered numerous arguments before packed courtrooms; and yet, every time I take the floor before an audience, I feel the familiar butterflies rising in my gut. Instead of railing against them I embrace them.
I know that the more of them there are the greater high I will feel after my talk concludes successfully.
You see fear is a raw emotion that arises from deep within us and it can be harnessed and converted into a powerful energy that drives us to step up and achieve more than we may have without it.
Without that fear I may become nonchalant and try to wing my talks. Previous experience has shown, for me at least that this can be a disaster.
I need that fear to achieve at my best.
I choose to harness it, rather than let it debilitate me.