Why is it important to overcome your sense of fear? It’s not so that you can simply “live out your dreams,” although you should at least be able to do that. It borders on insanity to possess the ability and talent to live a dream but then refuse yourself permission because you’re afraid of failing.
No, you must eradicate your fears because of something greater: the inevitability of crises. Say again, C. J.? You must overcome your fears because of the inevitability that you will face many crises (plural for “crisis”), because it’s during a crisis that either our greatest victories, or greatest defeats, take place. What is a crisis?
Crisis: a time of intense difficulty when an important decision must be made.
A crisis can be positive or negative, but we’re all most familiar with the negative. We’re all familiar with those seasons of hardship when our lives are pressed against the wall and we either respond out of our better self, or shudder and cower because we were unprepared for the fiery trial.
A positive crisis is like the young man who swore he’d never get married until the unexpected woman comes along and knocks him on his ass. He’s now in a time of intense difficulty and an important decision must be made. Will he go for it, or will he stick with his lone wolf lifestyle? If he’s governed by his fears, he’ll miss the great opportunity. If he courageously acts with principle, he’ll step into one of the best seasons of his life.
Facing the Dragon of Fear
If a crisis is a time of intense difficulty—when you are forced to make a decision you were not prepared for—then you’ll know you’re in a crisis when you find yourself caught between fear and principle. It’s the moment when you come face to face with the fire-breathing dragon of your fear.
It’s the season in which you must make a decision you did not expect. Will you stay where you are to avoid the crisis, or will apply the principle(s) to overcome it? This is the crucible: it’s the unexpected moment of decision, and it shows us the greater meaning of fear:
Fear is when principle goes unapplied in the face of a crisis.
You’re afraid of doing what’s needed because you’ve never been that way before, and fear is always rooted in the unknown. Applying proven life principles in the face of a crisis is like marching into the dark with arrows flying past your head. Therefore, courage is principle in action in the face of a crisis. If you react in fear, you reinforce the lesser part of you. If you act with courage, you depart from the lesser part and strengthen your better self. It is these moments of difficulty that determine what you become.
React in Fear or Act with Courage
A crisis shapes who you are because a crisis is a radical break from the routine of your daily living. Since you live so much of your life habitually, you’re basically on auto pilot most of the time. You know what you’ll regularly face each day, so you don’t have to give too much thought to whether you’re applying principles or not.
A crisis is a fierce interruption that throws you back on your heels, and how you respond during a crisis determines whether the season of tribulation will make you better or worse. How you respond will either move you forward or rob you of your progress by sending you ten steps back.
It is during these times when your belief in a principle is tested, and the only thing that will stop you from applying the principles that lead to greatness is fear. If fear neutralizes you to where you do not take action, then the crisis will do its destructive work by guaranteeing you will never get back up again.
Those Who Overcome Fear Will Change the World
This is why your life principles must be as unquestionable as possible, because you’ll need some “solid footing” if you’re going to hold your ground during the storms of life. Unquestionable principles are the fundamental truths that serve as a foundation to your life. They are the unshakable pillars of wisdom upon which your house of greatness can be built.
Therefore, the more unquestionable a principle—i.e., the more convinced you are of it’s rightness—the more likely you are to apply it during a crisis. And if you’re not afraid to apply your principle(s) during a moment of decision, then you’re on your way to mastering your future and controlling your life.
This is why you should devote yourself to personal development, and I don’t mean the self-help bullshit that the black magicians of motivation feed you. Focusing on “designing your perfect life,” or how to make that six-figure income is not what creates the kind of people the world needs. There’s nothing wrong with prosperity, but the real wealth is a man or woman who consistently operates with wisdom and courage. They are worth far more than gold, silver, and perishable wealth. These are the ones that make history. They are the warriors who save the world.
Death to fear. Metal up!
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