There are two types of fear. One type of fear is debilitating while the other type is motivating.
The debilitating type of fear is one we are all familiar with. It causes us to feel afraid to branch out and try anything new. It makes us cringe at the thought of change. And as a result, we stay stuck inside and out in our present condition whether we want to or not.
Sometimes this type of fear is so debilitating that we don’t even recognize it. We may procrastinate, criticize, and self-sabotage ourselves unconsciously as this debilitating fear stops us from making the necessary changes to improve our lives.
The second type of fear motivates and encourages us. It causes the exact opposite feeling than being stuck. It is the fear that often hides behind our courage as we reach toward our vision.
This motivating fear is one we feel constantly as we are stretching ourselves in new directions. It is perfectly natural and normal to feel apprehension when we are growing and developing. Moving out of our comfort zone often creates discomfort, but this feeling is absolutely necessary if we are to grow into the people we want to be.
The next logical question is, “When I feel fear, how will I know the difference.” The answer is very simple. Ask yourself, “Am I moving in the direction of my vision?”
You must have a vision for your life, and as long as you’re moving toward that vision, you are being motivate by your fear rather than debilitated.
So do not always view fear as negative. It could mean that you’re moving in the right direction.
If you don’t feel a little uneasy about your next steps, then you are not trying hard enough, reaching high enough, or challenging yourself deep enough.
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