The Greatest Fear of All

It has been shown that one of the greatest fears, even greater than that of death, that plagues mankind is the fear of public speaking. If actions speak louder than words, as the cliché goes, then it would stand to reason that people are often hesitant about taking action for fear of what it might say. This manifests itself as a fear of failure, keeping well-intentioned individuals from being as successful as they could be. If we don’t face it, this will keep us from achieving our mission. Most often, it is facing our fear that is the best way to overcome it. Realize that you do not have to go it alone. People tend to be more likely to try something daring or risky if they have someone who will stand by them. Take advantage of a friend or partner. Ask him to “take the plunge” with you! Be courageous! After all, courage is acting in spite of fear, not the absence of fear.

You will miss 100% of the shots you never take! ~ Wayne Gretzky

I am not judged by the number of times I fail, but by the number of times I succeed. And the number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep trying. ~ Unknown

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2 responses to “The Greatest Fear of All

  1. Fear of failure can lead to a paralysis of the spirit. We just have to keep on keeping on. Okay, enough of the cliches.

    But just one more and I think it really speaks volumes: Sometimes, we have to fail forward before we can succeed.

    Make sense?

  2. The Christian Ranter

    I spent the summer at the city pool with my youngest kids while they took swimming lessons. It was fun watching as the students went off of the diving board for the first time. Most of them wanted to get down, but when their instructor walked the plank with them, it was just the courage they needed to take the plunge.

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