Updated: Feb 8, 2019

Fear. Fear in the past kept me from living my fullest potential. I would want to act on an opportunity but within seconds negative thoughts would creep up in my mind to the point I would freeze. After I was diagnosed with the tumor I came to the realization how precious is life. I was determined to wake up each day intentional and fearlessly.

Many people don’t realize but fear it’s the number one barrier to living confidently. We all experience it everyday in small or large doses. We don't do something you want to accomplish because we are afraid. Fear is the little devil that sits on our shoulders, holding us back from growth, success, fulfillment and happiness.

After researching why human beings live in so much fear, here’s what I uncovered.

Our most common fears come from amorphous things.

They arise from events or situations that haven't happened or may never happen. They arise from thinking patterns we've created and become adjusted to. They derive from false beliefs and reinforced mediocrity. And they live inside of our ego — the part of us that is the frightened, demanding child who only wants safety and comfort.

Sometimes our fear is about overcoming fears. We don't want to succeed because it requires so much, and, of course, we might fail. We are like prisoners who have been jailed for years. When we are finally released, the new world around us is too overwhelming, too intimidating. We want the comfort and safety of our metal cot and confined spaces.

If you are fearful in small or big ways, think about this idea: embrace fear, because fear is a necessary component of huge growth and positive change.

Fear is a goldmine for growth.

If you are fearful of something — starting a new job, learning something, public speaking, having an uncomfortable conversation — then you know you have found a goldmine! Yes, this is the place to start digging for the gemstones that will buy your freedom from fear, and send you soaring to the next level.

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