This afternoon, I had one of those “Ah-ha” moments. I was on the phone with one of my coaches, and we were talking about what outcome or purpose I am striving for through my book and personal messaging. It struck me that I have been having numerous conversations around fear and the impact that fear has on people. Fear often stifles us from trying new things, from looking deep inside our souls and from letting people know how we really feel. Fear paralyzes. Fear strangles. Fear shuts people down.
In our discussion, he helped me look at the other side of fear and what I strive to do through my leadership, stories and public discussions. What I try to do is inspire HOPE as the antidote to fear. We can overcome fear by instilling hope in others. Is there something magnificent and beautiful on the other side of fear? There is the age-old saying “fear of the unknown.” Isn’t there another way to look at it? There is curiosity, opportunity and the road less traveled.
Research shows that innovation and creativity thrive when we step outside of our comfort zone and in to an unknown territory. If we can look just on the other side of fear, perhaps we can be inspired by hope or what is indeed “possible.” I am grateful for the chance to see that fear has a place on our journey that can open the door to infinite possibilities.
As Franklin D Roosevelt said in his inaugural address, “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Let us not be held back by fear rather let us be catapulted by hope to reach unimaginable heights and glory.
With magic and miracles,