I don’t know about you, but I don’t much enjoy feeling fear. I’d rather it not be a part of my life.
And yet, it is.
Fear is part of our wiring, deep in our DNA and deep in the circuitry of our brains. It keeps us safe — sometimes super-safe. Which is the problem.
There is a central life coaching question: “Where do you want to be?” (Few people seek out coaching because everything is great, they are happy, and life is where they want it to be.)
The next question is “What keeps you from getting there?” When I dig in with clients, that question often hits against external barriers. Things the client can’t change.
But dig long enough and dig deep enough, and you hit fear. Fear is what often keeps us from getting what we want in life, from getting the life we most deeply dream about.
If fear is a fact of life (it is), then fear isn’t really as much in our way as we let it be. After all, other people (who also have fears) have made it.
What breaks through the fear, to get us to the life we want?
It is not being “fearless.” That won’t happen… although you can have LESS fear.
It is COURAGE. And courage is not the opposite of fear… it is action in the direction of fear. Which is what dissipates fear.
Let’s talk about fear… and more important, courage… in this episode of the Thriveology Podcast.