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The Word is FEAR

Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary: To be afraid of. An unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. Anxious alarm.

Posted 4/3/23

My Story on Fear

What is fear? Why does it hold such a significant place in our lives? Anthropologists might argue that fear is part of our basic survival instinct of fight or flight. When faced with the threat of a saber-toothed tiger, the caveman had two choices, fight and kill the tiger to feed his family or flight. Flight meant to run and live to fight the tiger another day. Survival is key. Think it through and always choose life.

The message is pretty much the same today.

Fear may challenge our courage and our confidence. So we might ask ourselves if we're up to the challenge.

Fear may question our ability to confront the many complexities of life. Again, we might ask ourselves if we're up to the challenge.

It was Viktor Frankl* who said "Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."

This statement applies to fears of all kinds. It is giving yourself the power to respond thoughtfully and not impulsively. And if you do fail, chances are there is a lesson to be learned and you’ll do better the next time or the time after that.

Think for a moment how effective you would be if you weren’t afraid to speak your mind or take a step in a direction that would improve the quality of your life (or possibly the lives of others).

What if thoughts of failure, rejection, or judgment were replaced by boosts in confidence, courage, and strength resulting in successful actions and accomplishments?

Take a moment and consider these two statements:

  • I want to make a change but I'm afraid of rejection, judgment, and failure.

  • I am ready to make a change and will take on the challenges with clarity of mind, but I can't do it alone.

If they resonate with you, I'd like to offer you a free one-hour coaching session.

Together we can work on lowering the volume of that fearful voice in your head and raise the voice of confidence, courage, and strength against all those tigers that may cross your path.

Please e-mail me at to schedule an appointment. Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it has inspired and motivated you to take action to help ease any fears in your life that might be holding you back.

*Victor Frankl - Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, philosopher and author (1905-1997)

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