Making Friends with Fear

July 25, 2017

“Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to require the most from you.” 

 

Making a change is never easy. 

 

From struggle and uncomfortability, comes growth. 

 

Whether it’s going after a promotion at work, starting over in a new city, or ending a toxic relationship, there WILL be uncertainty, and it’s going to be uncomfortable. The sooner you can accept those realities, the sooner you will gain control of your future. 

 

Seeking and defeating fear can be addicting. It’s an amazing rush to realize you just overcame a barrier in your life, and that’s really all that fear is: a barrier. Overcoming this barrier requires a plan, and daily, focused efforts to get there. By intentionally doing things that scares you; you push yourself outside of your bubble and force yourself to embrace uncertainty. Easier said than done, I know… but I never said it would be easy! The best way to start in my opinion would be with the less intimidating things. This can even be silly stuff like striking up a conversation with the person next to you in class or signing up for that case competition at school you were too scared to join last year (ahem, DECA of course). Slowly but surely, you realize that many of the things you were afraid of are totally harmless. You grow stronger after overcoming each and every challenge and your confidence begins to build - otherwise known as progressively overloading your life.

 

Conquering your fears all comes down to having a growth mindset. This means that you are looking for what CAN BE instead of what already is. Looking at fears as opportunities opens you up to a higher level of living. Rather than agonizing over the pitfalls and possible failures along the path to success, we must look forward to the incredible progress that can come from that personal growth. 

 

Every fear you overcome turns into a stepping stone towards the life you’ve always wanted. Now be brave enough to embrace fear and go into the unknown… ON PURPOSE.

 

Lauren Murphy

Director of Events, DECA U Guelph 2017-2018

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