“Passion is born when you catch a glimpse of your true potential.” — Anonymous
Fear is sewn into the fabric of our lives and has a way of impairing our judgement. Many people are dominated by what they stand to lose instead of what they can gain.
From an early age, we fear the unknown and what is likely to impose on our wellbeing. However, it begs the question whether fear is a self-inflicted prison or something real?
You are no doubt aware of the acronym for fear: False Evidence Appearing Real. Whilst this may be the case, fear is real for many and can keep you trapped in your circumstances if you are unaware of it. Remaining safe does not equate to living a remarkable life because you are governed by your emotions instead of transforming them.
It involves overcoming what previously controlled you and finding new evidence to support an emerging reality. You challenge outdated beliefs and take inspired action to support your new beliefs.
So, is it possible to live with fear without it impairing your judgement?
Yes, in fact author Susan Jeffers who wrote Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway offers insightful methods to transform your fears without them imposing on you.
People believe the presence of fear means not having to take action. Jeffers suggests fear is more prevalent in your life than you believe, yet despite this you should still take bold and courageous action: “Every time you encounter something that forces you to “handle it,” your self-esteem is raised considerably. You learn to trust that you will survive, no matter what happens. And in this way your fears are diminished immeasurably.”
Another way to overcome your fears is to pursue your passions which embody your inner most desires. It is incumbent upon you to bring them to life and overcome your fears, anxieties and worries.
Your passions are connected to your greater self that is not bound by fears or negative emotions, but inspiration. When inspiration and passion converge, it is akin to a matchstick thrown on dry wood resulting in a burning flame. One without the other are merely objects, yet when brought together they can set anything alight.
Founder of Mindvalley Vishen Lakhiani writes in The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms: “When you pursue a calling, your life is filled with passion and meaning. With the right practices, anyone can reach this stage of supreme fulfillment.”
The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.” — Ferdinand Foch
Passion engenders courage because you are driven by a strong desire to realise a greater purpose than your fears. Passion douses the flame on fear and turns it into smouldering ashes before it burns furiously.
Your passion equalled with inspiration must be associated with a compelling WHY. It is infused with a deeper meaning tied to your purpose with an intent to bring forth the gifts from your soul.
“…If you have a passion that keeps you going, you have an edge. This is yet another reason why identifying your particular calling — something that ignites that passion in your mind, heart, and soul — is so important,” states Vishen Lakhiani.
It would be remiss of me to come this far and suggest that passion alone can overcome fear. Passion requires inspiration because one fuels the other and together they are allies in battle, waging war against the enemy in the form of fear.
If you wish to overcome your fears, consider the following formula:
Passion + Inspiration + WHY = Fearless
One need only look to those achieving remarkable things in the world: inventors, engineers, sportsmen, artists or otherwise. They have a deep connection to these ideals and are often referred to as fearless because they learned to transcend their doubts through a higher consciousness.
The American academic Angela Duckworth explains in Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: “Passion for your work is a little bit of discovery, followed by a lot of development, and then a lifetime of deepening.”
So the message is clear: find your passion and be inspired to be fearless in your pursuit of it. For when the time is right you will have overcome your fears.
Originally published at medium.com