Ripples #649: Scare Your Fears!
For our tribe of 29,550 busy people who share encouragement and gratitude.
Oct 31, 2011
Fairy tales are more than true;
not because they tell us that dragons exist,
but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
-G.K. Chesterton, submitted by Elizabeth in La Crosse, WI
I believe that anyone can conquer fear
by doing the things he fears to do,
provided he keeps doing them
until he gets a record
of successful experiences behind him.
-Eleanor Roosevelt, submitted by Angie in York, PA
BOO! I thought we could celebrate Halloween today by scaring our fears. Wait now, what?
If we take off the mask that our fears wear, we usually find nothing more than an overblown worry about the possible “worst case” outcomes that almost never materialize. Even in those rare instances when they do come true, they are often less awful than we anticipated. The best way to decrease our fears is to turn on the lights, and in most cases that means taking action.
I triple-dog dare you to take some steps today to scare a fear away. If there is an opportunity you have been hesitant to pursue, take some concrete action to start the process. If you have been holding off on having a fierce conversation with someone, maybe you can mentally rehearse the words you want to say, or if you’re feeling ready then reach out and set up the time to chat.
And here is the best news: even if it doesn’t turn out exactly as you hoped, it will likely make you a braver and wiser person.
So, what fear are you going to scare away today?
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