Fear into Freedom

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“Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will” – quote by Suzy Kassem

I remember sitting in class hearing this quote. Since then, it has been stuck in my head.

Why fear is more powerful than failure itself?

Why doesn’t failure kill as many dreams as fear?

What would it be like if we had more failure than fear?

I recall sitting in the park, watching all the kids play. My mind wonders if those kids have fear of something. They just want to try each and every playground equipment such as the swings or the merry-go-round without having second thoughts.

As an adult, we all have something that we struggle with. Sometimes it makes sense. Sometimes it doesn’t. When it doesn’t, we create our own boxes in our mind. It becomes boundaries. Fences. Preventing us from moving forward. An end to a story which never quite took flight.

What if the box never existed?

Fear creates those boxes and it becomes so much more powerful than failure itself.

I remember one time being afraid of making the wrong decision about whether taking the opportunity to move to United States or to stay back home. I choose to move. If I hadn’t taken that change, I would have most likely regretted it.

I remember hearing a story about someone who never pursues the job opportunities because he/she is afraid of going down the wrong career path. Later, he/she doesn’t have any progress in her career journey. It remains stagnant.

The opposite word of fear is bravery, boldness and peace.  But, bravery without tactful thinking is useless, boldness without humility is meaningless, and peace without prayer is hopeless.

So, how do we let go of fear and come to bravery, boldness and peace?

  1. Think about the worst part of every situation that you are facing right now. For example, in a time constraint where you only have 3 months to find a job, the worst result is moving back in with your parents. What will you do about it? How would you feel? Are you more rigorous in applying for jobs because you want to be responsible with your life? Or are you okay in moving back with them?

Remember, it’s not about how you feel, it’s how you act that matters.

2.  Start your day with prayer to Heavenly Father.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” Philippians 4:6

3.  And.. He shall give you peace.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

So, let go of the fear. Think about the worst part. Make tactful planning. Submit yourself in prayer and have peace in mind.

 

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  1. A common acronym about fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real. We will all face fear in our lives as it is a common human emotion. You comment that it is not how we feel but how we act that counts. I would add that we can choose to ‘react’ (negative) or respond (positive) to our fears. Responding to our fears with positive action is the key.

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  2. You are right on how the fear of failure extinguishes many more dreams than failure itself. Failure is at least something we can learn from. Without trying we would not definitely know what the result would be nor learn any lessons from the experience.

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