Fearlessness

Those that have followed this blog may have noticed a long lapse between posts, especially last year. I was going through another period of redefining myself. Even more so, I was going through a time of being paralyzed by fear.

Fear kept me from moving forward. I had days of just staring at my computer screen unable to write. I let the blog lapse. I hardly ever posted on Facebook. I let a lot of what I built just whither away.

Then at some point, I realized that I had to move forward and do so immediately, or lose not only all I built and done, but lose myself. I think that last year had some of my darkest moments.

What turned me around was a journal I started to keep. In every entry, I looked at the day and found things to be grateful for. I ended every entry with “Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!” Within weeks of starting the journal, new business and new business opportunities started pouring in. I moved forward in spite of the fear. The fear was as great, but I moved through it much like one would move through a wall of smoke. Even though I couldn’t see what was on the other side of that wall, I walked through it, and it did nothing to restrain me. Just like smoke, the fear blinded me, but had no power to hinder forward movement. The only thing that had restrained me was my own mind, my own thoughts, my own imagination.

On the other side of the wall, all that I had feared blew away. It never existed, except in my mind. I learned a great lesson in fearlessness. It is not the absence of fear. Instead, fearlessness is the refusal to allow fear dominion, it is the removal of its power. For me fearlessness is the reclaiming of my power.

Fearlessness is an action. It is something I do when I feel fearful that conquers fear.

’til next time,

Woody

8 Responses to Fearlessness

  1. Delmar says:

    Fear, is something that will paralize you if it’s left unchecked. Fear often times keeps everyone just where they are in life because the unknown is terrifing. We either do in the face of fear, or we don’t do anything do to fear. It can be a real bear grrrr,

    Just remember life is simply what we make it.

  2. Adam J. Perschbacher says:

    Awesome post Woody! Most people would have been hindered by fear to talk about their fear… I know I have been.

    But I also realized that by showing people a the True YOU has also brought me more success than trying to be someone I was not.

    Thanks for you post! Here’s to Fearlessness!

    Adam

  3. YES YES YES!!! Great Post, Woody!

    I’ve been there, done that, bought the t-shirt, so I understand what you’re talking about here…

    Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes in the morning!

    Keep pressing on kind sir!!! :-)

  4. I know what you mean, I have a post-it over my computer that reads
    “Fears what got you where your at today”

  5. Fear can become deeply ingrained within our core structure, affecting our thinking our posture and ultimately causing pain. Many suffer from this few over come it, your post has inspired me to begin a journal for the new year.

  6. John RN. MT. says:

    I end every day with a list of what I got done from my list the day before, what I still need to finish and a new list for the next day. I also write down what goal these things will help me accomplish. It keeps me focused.

    Thanks for the article Woody!!

  7. Aaron Burton says:

    I agree with Adam,
    Admitting it to the world is a very hard thing to do. By engaging and acting on your positives, you give yourself abilities to move forward bit by bit.
    Having panic attacks myself I know how truly difficult this actually is. So well done , love your peice.
    With a bit of persistence I may be able to follow in your footsteps and finally do some blogging too.
    Aaron

  8. Paige says:

    Thank you so much for your blog post. I have often felt that blinding fear of panic as I sit down to write a blog, or a newsletter. It’s a feeling of not being able to move forward and write anything, followed by a tremendous guilt for inaction. It’s nice to know I am not the only one who gets paralyzed by fear… I like your Thank you. Thank you. Thank you approach. I have also find repeating “I love myself” like a mantra to be helpful

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