Fear hinders everything.
Imagine something you really want to do, and now think of all the logical, financial, emotional, and physical barriers standing in your way. All of those come down to fear.
People who let go of fear are in my humble opinion not only champions of the mind; they are true leaders. Typically when I think of the word “leader”, other words that come to mind are coach, manager, president etc.
Leadership implies (at least in my mind) that there are other individuals relying on you for guidance, for instruction, for support. That’s all great, but I think there is another key piece to being a great leader: one’s ability to truly lead him or herself.
You do not need people following you, listening to you or relying on you to be a leader. A leader is anyone who actually leads him or herself to the end zone, someone who guides, coaches and trains him or herself in anything and everything that is essential to accomplishing his/her dreams.
I spent a lot of time thinking about and working on training myself to be the best leader I can be, both for others, as well as for myself. Life gets crazy sometimes and as nice as it is to get by with a little help from your friends, something I keep having to learn is that you, me, WE must all find it within ourselves to help guide ourselves and most importantly, to listen to ourselves and let go of the doubt.
I remind myself that I know myself better than anyone else does, and so I should really look inside for the answers. This is my mantra and I try to practice this every day.
Let me share a fear: I feel like I have many, if not all of the answers (this might be a curse of being in your 20’s?!), yet I still finding it difficult to accomplish my goals because at the end of the day, I am still not 100% sure of what it is I really want. The only thing constant is change, and I know this and acknowledge this, and I wish that this acknowledgement made things easier. My ultimate fear is that I wont accomplish all of my various and sometimes-convoluted goals because my vision isn’t quite clear yet and it’s constantly changing.
This makes life hard. Life is especially hard for ambitious, creative and intelligent people who actually understand a bit about how the world works and want to find a way to make a difference.
Ah, but the up side…
Life is also incredible amazing and beautiful for all of the same reasons. There is so much to be done, so much to be created and so much to be improved. So these ambitious, creative and intelligent people are now needed more than ever. They are the ones, wait let me rephrase: we are the ones who will change the world and leave it just a little bit better than when we arrived.
So what does this all mean?
Even though I have this fear of not accomplishing all of my goals, I keep reminding myself to just take it out day at a time and to keep working on letting go of all the doubt. It’s like that movie, Limitless. I don’t know if you’ve seen it and while it might not be an Oscar winner, the idea is fantastic. What could you do if you unlocked all of the potential you had inside, let go of all fear and actually lived up to your potential every day?
It kind of blows my mind when I think about all of the endless possibilities that are born from one’s dedication to actually living up to his/her potential! I’m working on letting go of my own fear, and embracing all of my potential because again, what’s the worst that can happen??
We shall see…