How to Become Bold Enough to Overcome Fear


April 17, 2017

One of the most common questions people ask me is some variation on: How can I overcome fear and take a chance?

We all fear change and the risks it carries, but I have to say that everything significant I've ever experienced has involved change.  Our soul wants to expand and grow. When we stay with the familiar, just because it is familiar, we are responding to a fear of failure that doesn't support our growth.  If you believe it will work out, you'll see opportunities.  If you believe it won't, you will see obstacles. 

Might I suggest a different approach or idea.  What if there is no such thing as failure? Failing is a judgement that we humans place on a given action. Rather than judgement, substitute this intention:  you cannot fail, you can only learn and produce results. Then the most important question to ask yourself is, "What do you do with the results you produce?" It is better to jump in and experience life than to stand on the sidelines fearing that something might go wrong.


Some 2,300 or so years ago, the great spiritual master and teacher Patanjali offered the kind of advice that spoke to me.  He said, "When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds, your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world."

So, when we step back and examine our limiting beliefs, we can recognize that nothing can stand in the way of our goals and dreams but us. By remembering that fear is the acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real, we can step past it and become who and what we want to be.  The elements of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world 🌎 They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. Embrace faith  in yourself and what you can do, and BELIEVE you can  accomplish it and fear will withdraw from your life.

Some quotes to think about.

"The enemy is fear.  We think it's hate; but it's fear". - Gandhi

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.  You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt