Continuing with Principle #7 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Unleash the Power of Goal-Setting”, I set my intention to ponder how “fears” play a factor in going after my goals. Canfield encourages us to see fears as normal; they show us that we’re moving into new territory…stepping away from our comfort zone. He states: “…I’m telling you not to see considerations, fears, and roadblocks as stop signs but rather as a normal part of the process that will always appear.”
Once we recognize the fear(s) related to our goal, we can address them directly. Usually they are just there as a way to keep us safe (ie. comfortable). Going after our big goals is scary…we just have to see them as good scary. Acknowledge them, figure out what they want, and process through them.
Decades ago I bought the book “Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway” by Dr. Susan Jeffers. The book is great (highly recommend it)…the title alone is the main reason I keep it in my library. It acts as a mantra for me. I know intellectually that most (if not all) of my fears are lacking in evidence as being real. As I go through this year of self-exploration and expansion, I plan to move through as many as I possibly can. To be honest, it occurs to me just now that probably all the variations of my fears are based on just one core fear: the fear of not being lovable. I’ll start working on that one first. Of course my ophidiophobia (google it) is very real…nothing illusory about that one!
So how about you? Do you let fear keep you from going after your goal(s)? What fear(s) do you have? Can you identify the particular fear(s) involved? What message does that fear(s) have for you?
“Do what you fear— David Joseph Schwartz
and fear disappears.”
The Mandala Lady
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.