The Fear of Fearlessness

I can tell you from experience that fear will send you on a path of doomsday, avoidance, paralysis, and apathy.  It can also put you in (what I call) a state of givingupidness and sometimes even self-hatred!  As a person with a disability who was literally walking one day and not the next, I have had to leverage my tenaciousness, determination and competitive spirit to push through my own fears…and I consider myself a warrior in many respects!

I often find myself asking “What if I were fearless?

Does being fearless mean that I would throw caution to the wind and ignore the dangers in a given situation? The answer is “no” but that is what we think it means when we are afraid to take action and move forward.

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In our minds, we flip a fearless decision back and forth and look at ALL potential outcomes upside down, and right side up.  We do this until the fearless action is lost in the aftermath of our over-thinking analysis paralysis!

Then, when the moment has passed, we sit in regret and ponder the question…

“What if I had done that?” 

Our final stage is to answer that question with:

“Well, it probably wouldn’t have worked out anyway!”

SSHHEEEESSSHHH!

I’ve taken a few days to think through several examples of fearlessness.  And although there are a gazillion more ways one can be fearless, I hope some (listed below) resonate with you and motivate you into fearless action in your own life!

What is FEARLESSNESS?

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Fearlessness is taking sound action whether starting a business, buying a home, taking a new job, quitting an old job, or just going on that blind date.

Fearlessness is getting up every day with an attitude of peaceful determination knowing that despite the state of your life today, YOU own the power for change.

Fearlessness is taking steps toward your desired change every day!

Fearlessness is not sacrificing authenticity for acceptance and being unapologetically who you are, not who (you think) others want you to be!

Fearlessness is facing who you are on the inside, acknowledging your areas of challenge and courageously addressing the issues.

Fearlessness is being afraid to take action and doing it anyway!

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Fearlessness is accepting defeat as a learning and a growth opportunity without retribution or ill feelings toward others who may have “won.”

Fearlessness is winning with graciousness and gratitude.

 

Fearlessness is allowing others to pay their karmic debt without your need to witness it or protect them from their obligation.

Fearlessness is making a huge mistake, owning it, accepting the consequences, then using the said mistake as a stepping stone allowing you to rise even stronger than before.

Fearlessness is pushing toward your goals by your own hard work and merit without sacrificing others on your path.

Fearlessness is being a leader or in a position of power and using your role to bring people together toward a common goal.

Fearlessness is being so secure in your beliefs that you have no desire to push said beliefs on others.  Instead, you accept the beliefs of others as a healthy piece of co-existence.

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Fearlessness is having unconditional positive regard for others.

Fearlessness is allowing others to live the lives they choose without your opinion about “the way” they live (this goes for parents too!).

Fearlessness is not allowing your pride to override your happiness.

Fearlessness is openly admitting that you were wrong and apologizing out loud (not via text or email)!

Fearlessness is doing something for someone else without expecting ANYTHING in return.

Fearlessness is loving someone immensely yet protecting your values and boundaries by saying “NO” to your enabling behavior.

Fearlessness is doing what you say you will do.

Are you fearless?  I have to admit that I have not reached the level of fearlessness that I desire in my life, but I am a work in progress!

Let’s ALL strive to embrace fearlessness!

Love, Light, and FEARLESS Action

Cr8Ab

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