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9 Fears that Keep Us from Achieving Our Dreams and Purpose In Life

There is no better place for growth then when we face our fears. Take the leap and see what happens. If you constantly hide behind your shadow, and stand stagnent paralized by your fears, you’ll never know all that you can acheive and where your fears might take you.

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9 Fears that Keep us from Achieving our Dreams and Purpose in Life

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“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” Confucius

What is a F.E.A.R. and where does it originate? We are afraid of so many things and because of that, so many of us, -instead of moving forward in life, stagnate or move backwards. This is not how life should be lived, -in fear and stress.

There are many fears that we all might experience, and from all of these fears, I have chosen to focus on the ones I found to be the most present in life.

1. Fear of Letting Go. We fear letting go of familiar places. We fear letting go of relationships that no longer serve us. We fear letting go of who we once were, -of our past, and we cling to all of these things, thoughts, beliefs and ideas, without realizing that the past is gone forever and all that we will ever have is this very present moment.

If we choose to constantly think about what once was, we miss out on what is happening in our lives in this very moment, we miss out on life period. You need to learn how to let go of the things that no longer serve you and allow yourself to be free of fear and free of stress.

“Your past history and all of your hurts are no longer here in your physical reality. Don’t allow them to be here in your mind, muddying your present moments. Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much longer. But all are necessary, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the play. Embrace them all, and move on to the next act.” Wayne Dyer

2. Fear of Change. If we manage to let go, what will happen then? This is a question that haunts many of us. Fear of change scares us so badly. Where will we go, what will we do? Are we going to be safe? What will happen to us?

We have this incredibly powerful fear of change and fear of the unknown that paralyzes us, not understanding that if we keep on doing the things that we’ve always done and if we keep on living in the familiar without leaving our comfort zone, we will always end up in the same situations. There will be no movement, no growth. Trust yourself. Learn to listen to your heart and intuition and know that the life you want wants you.

3. Fear of Failure. If we embrace change, what if we will meet with failure and defeat? Who will we be then and what will our lives look like? This fear of failure keeps so many of us from moving forward in life, from going out there and trying new things. Often, even though we are not happy with where we are and what we do, we would rather stay in our comfort zone than do something different, -something new, just because we have this fear of failure haunting us, and we can’t see that “The only real failure in life is the failure to try.”

4. Fear of Being Different. You want to be normal right? You want to be like everybody else. Why be different? This is not a healthy approach to life. Constantly trying to please everybody around you and forgetting about the person who matters the most, and that is YOU, will bring so much unhappiness upon you.

You don’t want to be like everybody else. You want to be YOU! You want to be true to yourself, and if that implies you being different from those around you, -so be it!

Keep in mind that: “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” Dr. Seuss

5. Fear of Unleashing Our Hidden Potential. Whether you believe it or not, this fear actually keeps us even farther away from making our dreams come true, from going out there and sharing with the world our amazing gifts and talents.

This is because, whether we consciously realize it or not, the exposure and responsibilities that will surface once we unleash our potential scare us. We want to move forwards, at least consciously we think we do, but deep down in our subconscious mind we keep the foot on the brakes.  You have no idea how much power the subconscious mind has and how, even though we say we want something, we get stuck because of what is hidden in our subconscious mind.

6. Fear of Not Being Able to Live Up to Other People’s Expectations, especially when you are constantly seeking approval from those around you in order to feel good about yourself, to feel that you are worthy, and to feel validated.

Whenever this fear knocks on your door, keep this in mind: “You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being, not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money, but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.” Wayne Dyer

7. Fear of Being Lonely.  Nobody wants to be lonely, especially when you can’t stand the person you are alone with, and you and I know that there are plenty of us in this situation. We come to this world alone, and we will depart alone. When you get to a point where you have accepted yourself completely, where you have learned to love and nurture the person you are deep down inside, you will never feel lonely again because you will now enjoy your company, and believe me, others will too.

8. Fear of Losing a Loved One. It’s hard to lose somebody you love. I don’t know how many people can actually deal with the thought of losing a loved one without feeling sad and blue. It’s a normal fear. But if we start appreciating these people more, expressing our gratitude for their presence in our lives while they are still here, when the time comes for them to leave this world, it will be a lot easier for us and we will not have to suffer as much.

Instead of using your time worrying about this, and fearing it, you can use that time to show them how much you love them, and confess this love to them. It will do you and them so much good. Try it and see what happens.

9. Fear of Dying. Oh my, this is another one, and I have to say, a very powerful and delicate one.  We fear death for we have no idea what will happen afterwards, and if you think about it, it’s a lot like the fear of the unknown.

 ”The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there’s no risk of accident for someone who’s dead.” Albert Einstein

It doesn’t really matter what religion we believe in, whether we have one or not, or what our thoughts and beliefs regarding death are, for this does not keep us from having a fear of dying. When the time comes, we will all have to leave this beautiful Earth, but until that day, let’s just enjoy our time here, shall we? Don’t you think it is a better idea than spending your time worrying about it?

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Great Post – thanks for sharing and the inspiration!!!

    April 22, 2012
  2. This was such an amazing and inspiring post Nina! It’s definitely an eye opener to some of the things I worry about or have concerns with

    April 23, 2012
  3. Such a wonderful post. I suppose my greatest battles are with fear of letting go and fear of failure–though probably I’m not alone.

    Just wanted to stop by and thank you for the comment you left on my Freshly Pressed post last week–Top 10 Reasons to Join the Bloggy Blast. Sorry it has taken me nearly a week to get here. However, please know how much I appreciate your visit and hope you will stop by again soon!


    April 23, 2012

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