Monica J. Griffith

The other side of fear 102215

That is a pretty powerful statement – ‘Everything you want is on the other side of fear’.

What I hear you saying now goes something like this: No, Coach! It’s not really fear! I can tell you what it is. It is not the right time, or it is too expensive, or too hard, or I’m not smart enough…
Does this sound familiar?

Stay with me on this, for just a moment. Let’s take a look at what fear really is. Fear is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by something that exists in itself, actually or potentially, concretely or abstractly, physically or not. This causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior, such as running away, hiding or freezing. The fear response arises from the perception of danger or the unknown. Fear is a general term and simply implies anxiety and usually loss of courage.

Ok – that is more technical than this Coach normally writes; nevertheless, it is critical to understand what is this thing called ‘fear’ that is getting in the way of you achieving all you desire in this life.

Fear is an emotion – one that many of us prefer not to express! Being the very creative and innovative people we are, we have fashioned other ways of expressing our fear of moving forward – aka ‘excuses’! Now I realize it is sometimes challenging set aside that fear emotional experience with which we have become so comfortable; then again, I would ask: How has that been working for you? What if, for just a moment, we acknowledge the fear emotion for what it really is – an emotion, a state of feeling; a conscious mental reaction. And guess what! Fear is not the only emotion – there is joy, fulfillment, delight, passion, belief…

OK. You have this ‘fear emotion’. And, now Coach asks the question: which is more interesting to you: staying where you are with your fear emotion, or looking at the possibility of creating an action that will take you one step closer to your joy emotion, to fulfillment emotion in your dreams and goals? Which is more interesting to you?

The life you want to live, the person you want to be, the legacy you want to leave is right there…on the other side of the fear emotion. Are you ready…are you willing?

What would it be like to experience with clarity, focus, ease and gratitude all the things that make this life the one you want to live? Connect with me – together, we will take that first small sweet step to the other side of fear.