Knowing the enemy is half the battle. To possess Courage, first you must know what you are afraid of.
What is it am I afraid of? There are so many forms of fear. I don’t have to deal with all of them. Some fears are worth keeping because they are natural/useful defense mechanisms, like that fear of walking alone on a dark alley. Okay, that’s 1 part fear, 1 part common sense.
For this particular project, The Courage Chronicle, I want to focus my energies on mastering the fears that are keeping me from realizing my life dreams and from living life to the fullest. Sure, I’m afraid of snakes. But at this moment, I see no relevance in getting over this fear to my life dreams. That’s probably my fear speaking. For sure, there’s value in facing this fear, too. But if I were to prioritize, this ophidiophobia (I googled it just now… as I said, first I must know my fear…by name, if I have to!)…this ophidiophobia is not at the top of my list.
So I’m thinking… the best approach for me then would be to start with (1) what are these life dreams and (2) what do I imagine as living life to the fullest. And then think: what are the paralyzing thoughts in my head that’s keeping me from 1 & 2.
// How about you? Is there a particular fear that you want to conquer this year? What is that one fear that could be most liberating or most productive once you got rid of it?