Well, I’m here to tell you that you do. You need to have fear in your life — and here’s why. It is part of getting what you want and having the life you desire.
I don’t know where the saying comes from, but, “Courage is when the fear behind you becomes more than the fear in front of you.” I actually believe it’s true. I believe we are all driven by fear — that it’s an inherent part of our lives.
The fear in front of us is how we feel when we risk it all and try new things, like meeting new people, getting the jobs and relationships we want, or taking a chance on love.
The fear behind us? It’s the fear that we will die without living life at all. We won’t love the way we should, we won’t work at the job we want and we will just accept what comes to us as though we have no choice. That is by far my greatest fear.
We have to understand that it’s not in our nature to step off into the unknown and not feel some trepidation. It’s how our bodies protect us from danger. But we can act in spite of fear. It’s a welcome and soothing thought that even when we have fear, we also have power. And the power to change is the greatest power we have.
So, welcome the fear that naturally comes with change. It means you’re pursuing what you want out of life. Consider these things to help you through:
1. Accept It- Recognize why you must accept fear to get what you want out of life. I want to live a challenging and fulfilling life. To do that, I have to do things I’ve never done before. That’s scary, but it can also be exciting. If I let fear stop me I will be giving up what I need to feel fulfilled.
2. Take Action- The worst fear is in our head. Having a small step in front of you that you can work on today can bring you out of that paralysis. Make a list of what you want to accomplish. Reach out to someone who’s done what you want to do. Go research a topic on the Internet that interests you and learn more about it. Taking action lessens our focus on our fear.
3. Exercise- Getting out of our heads and focusing on our bodies is a good release. There is no substitute for consistent physical exercise to clear away the cobwebs in our minds and prepare us for good work. Try to get in at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.
4. Meditate- In our busy lives it’s important to stop, be still, and listen to our hearts. Ten minutes of daily meditation reminds us that we are human beings — not human doings. Focus on your breathing and relax every muscle in your body once daily.
5. Welcome it- Several ancient practices advocate for making a welcoming statement when you are facing fear. Take a moment to say “I know I’m afraid, and I welcome the fear as part of having the life I want.” When I acknowledge my fear, it dissipates. Even without exactly understanding why this happens, it lets me move forward in comfort.
Each time you face your fear and keep going, you become stronger and less afraid. There is wisdom that comes from having been around the block. I’ve learned that I can go through tremendous change and survive. I can even grow as a person.
The fear we face is often the beginning of wonderful change in our lives.
So, go get ’em Tiger!
Virginia Sullivan is the author of FirstClassWoman.com — a site for those who are looking to reinvent the lives they have — into the lives they dream of. Her focus is on continual self-improvement, boosting self-esteem and utilizing actionable steps. After many years as a successful marketing and finance executive, Virginia has focused on helping people look good, feel good, and design the life of their dreams
Quinn’s campaign for governor may be on the uptick these days, but his state’s abysmal website for kids remains a disgraceful holdover from the former Gov. Rod Blagojevich years.
Four years after the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Office of Coal Development website for kids was first called out–on the 100th anniversary of the Cherry Hill coal mine disaster, which included four child laborers–Quinn continues to allow the widely denounced public relations front for the coal industry to represent his administration. Last month, after years of citizen petitioning, the state finally released a review of its embarrassing coal education program for schools.
As Phillip Gonet, president of the Illinois Coal Association, crowed last week: “Governor Quinn’s been pretty supportive for coal.”
Pretty supportive? That’s a neat understatement. Standing in the ruins from record flooding and drought this year, Quinn cast all concern about climate change to the wind and cheered his state’s mind-boggling record coal exports–despite the fact that his administration has refused to enact a coal severance tax, turns a blind eye on the state’s antiquated coal sales tax, and a new study that concludes the state of Illinois loses nearly $20 million annually to maintain the coal industry.
What about kids, and kids of coal miners, and kids of families affected by reckless coal mining?
Well, kids, let’s ask Gov. Quinn’s kid’s website for answers on coal:
For coal miners:
Despite a recent medical study that cites a “sense of urgency and the need for vigilance in medical research, clinical diagnosis, and exposure prevention” to deal with rising black lung disease among young coal miners, the Illinois website doesn’t even mention black lung disease or the fact that preventable disease from coal dust inhalation is increasing for coal miners.
The site also overlooks and refuses to acknowledge the state’s heroic battle to end legal African American slavery in the coal mines, end child labor, and stage some of the most important union battles for workplace safety and fair wages.
How does coal affect the environment?
Perhaps because of Quinn’s shameless record on coal slurry, the kid’s website flat out refuses to talk about coal slurry impoundment sites, coal ash, mercury pollution and the myriad environmental effects of coal mining and burning.
In fact, despite the fact that Texas-based Dynegy is attempting this month to get a long-term waiver from environmental regulations on its purchase of five of Ameren’s notorious dirty coal-fired plants in Illinois, and that Dynegy blasted the burning of Illinois’ own high sulfur coal as environmentally “unsuccessful and resulted in costly equipment repairs,” Quinn’s Illinois website tells children in the past tense: “Technologies were developed to remove these chemicals from coal before, during and after it is burned. These technologies are called clean-coal technologies. “
That good ol’ clean coal again.
Too bad that Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company whose founder is buried in Quinn’s Oak park, admitted last week that carbon capture and storage “clean coal” is “simply not commercially available.”
Here’s a shot of the Illinois kid’s page on the environment:
And Quinn’s kid’s website on land reclamation?
Despite the fact that there are over 1,300 abandoned coal mines in Illinois, and the peered-review International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environmental concluded in 2006: “Mined land cropped for bond release commonly becomes unmanaged grasslands. Scant mineland is returned to trees, with survival and growth poorer than on reclaimed minelands preregulation. Problems include high soil strength, poor water relations and excessive ground cover. Sustainable plant communities have not developed”–Gov. Quinn continues to let a creepy coal cartoon figure tell Illinois children that land reclamation “is returning the land to the way it was or better than before mining.”
Gov. Quinn, it’s time to reclaim this website for children, and tell the truth about dirty coal.
LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker is facing criminal charges after taking part in a protest against shale gas extraction.
Caroline Lucas, Britain’s only Green Party member in Parliament, was arrested last month at a protest near the village of Balcombe in southern England.
Prosecutors said Wednesday that Lucas had been charged with “breaching a police order on public assemblies and willful obstruction of the highway.”
An exploratory Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. site, 30 miles (50 kilometers) south of London, was targeted by demonstrators opposing the process known as fracking.
Lucas said, “I firmly believe in the right to peaceful protest and remain deeply concerned about the impact of fracking on climate change and the wider environment.” She said she could not comment further.
She is due in court Oct. 9.
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