Listen to your heart...confront your fears, Overcoming Fears.
The Nature of Success
Are you moving forward or standing still?
Do you have a career that you love?
Are you pleased with your relationship with your spouse, your kids?
Do you have a healthy lifestyle?
Is there a hobby, an activity that you've wanted to pursue?
The root word for "motivation" is "move," and movement is change. Truthful answers to the above and other questions will tell you whether you want, or need to change.
Although answering such questions truthfully is critical to begin the change process, we all know the tough part comes later. According to John Murphy in his book, Think Change, the key to successful change is discipline and "reprogramming beliefs." A cautionary inner voice will tell you not to rock the boat, to stay on the path of least resistance, but your heart is telling you otherwise.
Listen to your heart. Filter out the old static and tune in something new. Challenge your assumptions, identify and study people already doing what you want to do. Read books and listen to tapes that will motivate you to break away from the notorious "comfort zone." Confront your fears. When one unsatisfying day just blurs into the next—your life is begging for a change.
Comfort zones put padlocks on the doors to growth, discovery, and adventure in your life, but three keys that will unlock those doors are discipline, hard work and faith. When it comes to progress, when it comes to change...Inch by inch, life's a cinch. Yard by yard, life is hard. Unlock one door at a time, enjoy small successes, and soon you will have achieved your goals.
Some key points to remember:
1. No pain! No gain! There will be some setbacks.
2. Fear is a human emotion. The absence of fear is not courage; it's brain damage.
3. Give your fear a name and it becomes a problem. It's easier to solve problems than to conquer fear.
4. With each obstacle you overcome, your confidence will grow. Every time you conquer any fear...no matter how small...you are better prepared for the next challenge.
Change can truly be a wonderful gift! It can recharge your emotional battery and nourish your soul. Just do it! Choose change and let it make a positive difference in your life.
This short chapter is one of 28 in my book, The Nature of Success. Over the past thirty years, I've been blessed to have been involved in three successful start-up companies, and in The Nature of Success, I share with you many of the lessons I've learned about business and about life.
It is my sincere hope that this book will be a useful and practical tool to help you:
• Discover your personal definition of success
• Discover your core existence, or your reason for being
• Set clearly defined goals
• Never waiver in your belief that you can achieve them
• Manage your attitude
• Persevere when adversity strikes...and it will
• Learn to take risks and embrace change
• Keep kindness in your heart...always
• Love and be loved
• Make a difference whenever
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You block your dream when you allow your fear to grow bigger than your faith. ~Mary Manin Morrissey
Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood. ~Marie Curie
Fear is a darkroom where negatives develop. ~Usman B. Asif
Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
Panic at the thought of doing a thing is a challenge to do it. ~Henry S. Haskins
The one permanent emotion of the inferior man is fear - fear of the unknown, the complex, the inexplicable. What he wants above everything else is safety. ~Henry Louis Mencken
There is a time to take counsel of your fears, and there is a time to never listen to any fear. ~George S. Patton
Many of our fears are tissue-paper-thin, and a single courageous step would carry us clear through them. ~Brendan Francis
There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. ~Frederick W. Cropp
There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them. ~Andre Gide
Fear is faith that it won't work out. ~Sister Mary Tricky
Fear is the lengthened shadow of ignorance. ~Arnold Glasow
Fear is the father of courage and the mother of safety. ~Henry H. Tweedy
Fear is the highest fence. ~Dudley Nichols
Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them... they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight. ~Orison Swett Marden
Fear is the needle that pierces us that it may carry a thread to bind us to heaven. ~James Hastings
To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson, Jacob Have I Loved
Fear has a large shadow, but he himself is small. ~Ruth Gendler
Fear makes strangers of people who would be friends. ~Shirley Maclaine
To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. ~Bertrand Russell
Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day. ~Brendan Francis
Fear cannot take what you do not give it. ~Christopher Coan
Fear is just your feelings asking for a hug. ~Danielle Sanchez-Witzel and Michael Pennie, My Name is Earl, "South of the Border Part Uno/Dos," original airdate 7 December 2006, spoken by the character Joy Turner
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Those who fear life are already three parts dead. ~Bertrand Russell
Fear makes us feel our humanity. ~Benjamin Disraeli
A cheerful frame of mind, reinforced by relaxation... is the medicine that puts all ghosts of fear on the run. ~George Matthew Adams
There are times when fear is good. It must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls. ~Aeschylus
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself. ~Samuel Butler
Fear is the cheapest room in the house. I would like to see you living in better conditions. ~Hāfez
Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. ~German Proverb
If a man harbors any sort of fear, it percolates through all thinking, damages his personality and makes him a landlord to a ghost. ~Lloyd Douglas
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear. ~Rosa Parks
A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. ~Arab Proverb
You are the one giving fear a leg to stand on. ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com
Who is more foolish, the child afraid of the dark or the man afraid of the light? ~Maurice Freehill
Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. ~Author Unknown
Fear is a slinking cat I find beneath the lilacs of my mind. ~Sophie Tunnell
I would sort out all the arguments and see which belonged to fear and which to creativeness. Other things being equal, I would make the decision which had the larger number of creative reasons on its side. ~Katharine Butler Hathaway
He who fears something gives it power over him. ~Moorish Proverb
Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown
He who fears to suffer, suffers from fear. ~French Proverb
There are several good protections against temptation, but the surest is cowardice. ~Mark Twain
Fear can be headier than whiskey, once man has acquired a taste for it. ~Donald Dowes
The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1833
Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile... initially scared me to death. ~Betty Bender
To lead is difficult when you're a follower of fear. ~T.A. Sachs
I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change.... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. ~Erica Jong
The way you overcome shyness is to become so wrapped up in something that you forget to be afraid. ~Lady Bird Johnson
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