No More Fear
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie
I have this journal where I write down quotes, thoughts, things I read or hear that evoke some kind of emotion … all sorts of things I can refer back to for inspiration or new ideas when I’m working on a project.
Well this morning I came across Dale Carnegie’s quote about fear when flipping through it …
I had seen it before (since I wrote it down!), but today it jumped off the page and really resonated with me.
While I agree with Mr. Carnegie that inaction breeds doubt and fear … lately I’ve found that the reverse is true too.
Fear breeds inaction.
Last week I invited AWAI members to sit down and talk to me about the upcoming Web Intensive to decide whether it was a good decision or not for them to attend.
And over that last four days, I’ve spoken to a LOT of people!
Almost every person who needed my help had either allowed a fear to creep in and stop their forward progress, or was on the verge of getting stuck because they feared their next step on their path to living the writer’s life.
There were fears about talking to clients on the phone…
Fears about not finding any clients at all…
Fears about someone saying “no” …
Fears that their writing wouldn’t be good enough …
Fears that they’d never master writing headlines and leads …
With almost all of the fears, they were able to move past them simply by identifying what they were – just fears – and then coming up with an action to move past them.
Like Mr. Carnegie says, “Go out and get busy.”
What about you?
When you think about your own path to the writer’s life, what fears do you have? If you’d like to share them with me, I invite you to post them in the comments section below.
When you first meet Roy you’d never think he’d be afraid of anything. He comes across quite confident. But he recently admitted he does have fears.
And in that article, he shares with you what he’s learned about overcoming them, and what you can do to ensure they don’t get in your way from living the life you want this year.
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