One of the most paralyzing emotions is fear, and you’ve probably heard that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Whatever you’re afraid of is probably not as bad as you think. And if you can push through the mental mirage of fear, then an oasis of achievement awaits you.
There are two kinds of fear when it comes to personal achievement: the fear of failure and the fear of success. Both are intimidating illusions that you can easily shrink down to ass-whoopin’ size if you can only get a good look at what they really are and then fully grasp the vulgar display of power that’s resident inside you.
The Fear of Failure
The fear of failure is when you’re pre-convinced that you’ll fail if you try to achieve that thing you desire most. You’re afraid not only of the failure itself—you’re also terrified of the grizzly teeth of personal embarrassment as well as the possibility that your public failure will cement as a fact that you’re unable, insufficient, and destined to eat a continual course of the loser’s lunch.
The truth is that if you try and fail, then you’ll be admired by them that care about you, because anyone else’s opinions don’t matter. The truth is that if you try and fail, you won’t reinforce your failure consciousness—you’ll actually deliver it such a death blow that you’ll be anxious to try again. The second attempt won’t be so intimidating.
The Fear of Success
The fear of success is when you’re hesitant to unleash hell on your goals because of the added responsibility and commitment that comes if you achieve them. If you succeed, you’ll have more to do; more to manage; more people to coordinate; and you’ll have to keep up the heat to stay on top. It’s just easier to stay where you are and talk a great game.
The truth is that everything you’ll need to handle success is built in to the program. The added skills you’ll need are readily accessible, and there are others just waiting to kick in and help you with your goal just as soon as you make the decision to launch. People are motivated by those who make decisions, take chances, and follow through—they want to be close to those who achieve.
There’s nothing worth a damn that you should ever be afraid of when it comes to achieving your goals. It’s all an illusion dreamed up by that part of you that needs a kick in the ass! Metal up!