If I Close My Mind in Fear

Three things that happened to me this past week:

I’ll spare you the details of the conversation and in no way am I trying to lessen the plight of people suffering from Anorexia or Bulimia and if you haven’t read Seth Godin’s Linchpin (Affiliate link) — please go read it.

Although all 3 events are loosely related to each other, it did make me realize just how much fear — or the lizard brain as Godin calls it — cripples us.  The fear of embarrassment, the fear of failure, the fear of incompetence, the fear of what others might say and in some cases fear of bodily harm. This is often bread out of childhood. If you stop and look at almost anything you HAVE NOT accomplished in your life so far, it will most certainly be because of fear. I’ve recently come to realize that a few things in my life have been held back because of fears that started during my childhood. Nothing big, it might not even be noticeable to an outsider (heck, I hadn’t noticed it until now).

Except for fear of bodily harm, the only advice I can give you today is don’t give in to the fear. I’ve come to accept that I’ve held back on a few things and now I’m ready to move on…

As Metallica puts it in their song Outlaw Thorn (Affiliate link)

And if I close my mind in fear
Please pry it open

Accept what you are afraid of, accept it  for what it is and move on. You can accomplish great things!

What do you say? What’s holding you back?

  • Hugene

    I must admit that fear plays a central role in my life: it influences some of the big decisions I make. What I am not sure though is if it influences my decisions in a bad way or in a good way. I think it is both, depending on the situation. For example, I know I changed my university program from a bad one to a good one partly because of fear. So I guess it’s not all that bad.