Fear is nothing more than a state of mind

Mar 23, 2011

I was standing in line at this restaurant today and this lady in front of me was talking with her friend about how she wants to start working out again but she’s scared to start up because she feels like it’s starting from scratch. As I was eavesdropping on the conversation I started thinking why she was procrastinating. I guess she feared the muscle pain that would come with starting over or maybe the fear of realizing just how bad of shape she was in or maybe it was the fear of looking foolish to others.

I mean everyone has fears. I have fears all the time. I often fear what others will think about me, if what I will do will look foolish, what people will think if I fail, if I’m smart enough to accomplish such a goal.

How many times have you heard someone say;

  • They have a great business idea, yet don’t follow through
  • They want to get in shape, yet don’t follow through
  • They want to start a blog, yet don’t follow through

Someone smart once told me something that stuck;

“Procrastination is simply a lack of confidence and a fear that needs to be destroyed.”

The only way to destroy the fear is by challenging it. Napoleon Hill said it “Fear is nothing more than a state of mind” and Nike said it best: Just do it!


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