There is no shame in fear. What matters is how you face it.

Most of the time, when we hear the word “fear” we think of something negative. Or at least, I do. Did. If we have a fear of public speaking…means we’d rather not do it. Fear of the dark, fear of flying, fear of failure, fear of germs…fears. Things people don’t like.

The noun fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Keywords here being, emotion and belief. We fear the things we fear because of how we think about them. And, as we all know, our thoughts create our feelings. So it doesn’t mean what we fear is, in fact, bad or an actual threat. Example, I love public speaking. I may get a little nervous but definitely don’t fear it. However, I read an article once that public speaking was the number one thing people feared most. Dying was number two.

Point being, fear is an awesome emotion to have. It shows us what areas in our lives we have room to grow. Growth happens where uncomfortable begins, right? If you have a fear of failure, it may prevent you from trying at all. But knowing that fear can be used as a tool, working FOR you rather than against you, could lead to you pinpointing what thoughts you are having about a fear and why. Once you know the why, you then have the power to change your belief and create a new emotion towards it. Like acceptance, for example.

So, I offer you this. Next time you are uncomfortable due to a fear you have, let fear show you where in your life you have room to grow. Otherwise, fear will own you and it will keep you from living your truth.

Happy Tuesday, all.

xo, Sarah

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