People tend to fear what they don’t understand or can’t see. They so get to believing their thoughts about the situation that they then can’t imagine there is a solution, a way of overcoming the fear.
A “Yes” response to a request tells others that you are cooperative, agreeable, and helpful. A “Yes” reaction shows enthusiasm, willingness, and drive. Well, that is at least what I grew up believing it to mean. I wanted to be all of those things so Yes was the default response to requests of and offers to me.
As a senior in high school, I learned a lesson about fear, though I couldn’t have told you that was what the lesson was at the time. And the fear was buried within a symptom we usually don’t think to associate with fear.
I wanted to follow up on the article Freedom From Paralyzing Fear with a story from my life. As I talk more about Freedom From Paralyzing Fear you can apply my thoughts to your life. The whole idea is to not let fear freeze you from action and a wonderful future.
“Pushing people” has numerous connotations, and most are negative. As a coach, I’ve consciously avoided pushing my clients…too much, anyway. I have thought of myself as more of a guide. I’m starting to wonder if guides can push, more.
Let’s jump into the strengths vs weaknesses debate I hear “the gurus” discuss. The opinions range among: focus on your weaknesses to make them strong; ignore your strengths; ignore your weaknesses; focus on your strengths. Eegads! Which way do you turn with that kind of discussion going on around you?
Two conversations about fear surfaced in my life at about the same time. That kind of serendipity always catches my attention and intrigues me. One conversation was about what fear is, and the other was about what’s the opposite of fear.