Fear has an evolutionary purpose: it is designed to keep us safe from harm. The normal “fight or flight” response is how the human body reacts when confronted with serious and impending danger.
However, in life today, there are relatively few things we encounter that can actually cause us harm. And while there certainly are trauma-based events, physical dangers and unsavory individuals to be avoided, these situations are not what concern us in this post.
We are targeting the fear response that isn’t warranted by impending danger.
Write down two to five things you did not follow through on in your life because of fear. For each one answer these questions:
If you could go back in time and talk to yourself just as you were making that decision, what would you say?
If you refused to give up, no matter what it took, and you got the result you desired, how would that impact your decision-making at this point in your life?
Did you feel more or less at cause in your life from reacting out of fear?
What are the long-term ripple effects of that decision?
How would your life be different if you had followed through?
Personal development is our business and our life.
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.