Facing fear boldly is the only way to make it disappear

Don’t be scared of fear; instead face it and make it disappear. So we are told, but what does it mean? That fear is a state of mind; and that it stands as a stumbling block if we don’t remove it from our mind.

Simply put, there is nothing like fear and we are just prisoners of a non-existing threat of our own creation.

True, it is in human nature to fear and be cautious. But most of the time, fear kills your zeal to take up an initiative that could bring you great laurels. Dale Carnegie says inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. “If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home just to brood about it. Go out and get busy.”

The crucial point to remember is what you fear most must be your first target of attack. Mark Twin has better words, “Do the thing you fear the most and the death of fear is certain.”

Success does not come to those who make fear a constant part of their persona. Success goes to them who are fearless and undaunted in the face of failures and challenges. If Gandhi had made fear a part of his character, India would have never got freedom. He was frail and weak but his courage and fearlessness and his feeble cry moved millions inside and outside the country.

And, if Neil Armstrong had been scared of the danger of going to and landing on moon, he would have never got the occasion to make his joyous and triumphant cry, “A small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind.”

Actually, any success needs a great desire to eclipse the fear of failure. In the words of Bill Cosby, “your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.”

It is not that one will succeed always, and there is nothing wrong with that. When one does not succeed, that could only mean that either there was a lack of determined attempt or one’s target was not within the reach with the tools one attempted with. In other words, one was not really and properly prepared and did a foolish attempt.

One who can bounce back after an ill-prepared attempt and then goes to war fully equipped will surely have success in his bag. Nelson Mandela says courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it. “The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

So, the point is that you get freedom from fear only by exposing yourself to the scare of fear.

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