Four frogs are sitting on a log. Three frogs decide to jump off. How many frogs are left on the log? If you said one, you’re wrong. The correct answer is four! Deciding to jump and jumping are two different things. It takes courage to jump. You have to overcome your fears to jump. The greatest threat in human life is fear.
Fear is the cause of more unhappiness and unfulfillment than almost anything else. It is a treacherous enemy that can paralyze you, steal your peace of mind, steal your dreams and enslave you. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other.” Fear is the primary cause of all negative emotions and certainly the main culprit behind most problems in human relationships. But, the most damage that fear has had in my life is that it’s caused me to settle for far less than I am capable of. F E A R. Fantasized Experiences Appearing Real.
The only good thing about fear, if there is a good thing, is that it’s only in your head; it’s a learned response and because of this, it can be unlearned. These learned responses were programmed into you prior to the age of six. These fears definitely set the upper and lower limits on your performances. This is where courage comes into play. No one is fearless. The ones who appear fearless simply face their fears and proceed anyway. They summon their courage. We all have it; we just need to summon it when we need it most. How? Since the opposite of fear is love, it’s important that we have more love in our lives than fear, especially self-love or self-esteem. The more you like yourself, the less you fear failure and rejection. The more you like yourself, the more likely you are to reach out and take the risks that will lead you to success and happiness. The more you like yourself, the easier it is for you to summon the courage to face a scary situation. Start the journey to sincere self-liking by repeating the powerful words, “I like myself! I like myself!” over and over. I say them ten to fifty times each day and I feel great! If you start this process, soon you will start to feel fantastic!