3 Lessons About Living Fearlessly

Fearlessness inspires a beautiful freedom within us. It tells us to rise each time we fall and that mistakes make us wiser. Our fear of failure is just an illusion on the route to success. Fearlessness breaks us out of our own barriers and our perceived limitations. It allows us to enter the hearts of others through a picture of courage and resiliency. When we live fearlessly, the box we created around our own thinking begins to get smaller and smaller until it is no longer something that can cage us in. In truth, we need our fears to act as a resource for what we need to resolve and move forward from. We are never meant to stay enclosed in our fears, we’re meant to propel ourselves towards our goals. This is the nature of humanity. When we shift our perceptions on fear we already ignite the process of living more fearlessly. Here are 3 keys to help you through.

1. Narrow down your Fear

Fears and worries often forge powerful grip when we let them take over. When we consciously delve deeper into what makes us afraid, facing it head on, we deny its strength to hinder us. Instead, we open up a space for that fear and anxiety to speak to us; we encourage a dialogue with our higher thinking and inner wisdom sharing their voice. It is completely natural to feel fearful; our challenge is always to move through fear rather than attempt to avoid it. As long as that fear remains hidden it will find a way to shape itself more prominently into your life. Yet when you expose it, and try to move past it, you give yourself an authentic chance to succeed.

“I am not fearless. I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me” - Bear Grylls

2. Challenge your fear

We should not be afraid to challenge ourselves, this is how we grow. Once we uncover what sits beneath our fears we can achieve the seemingly impossible. The best way to move through fear is simply is to challenge it head on. Once you challenge that fear, you dissipate its presence. Our courage is born through our fear, not in spite of it. Our anxieties are largely built up in the processes of our mind, yet when we choose to direct ourselves from a heart-led platform we heighten the call of our courage to boldly take over. We can choose to go against the grain of our own thinking so we can shine more brightly through the power of our hearts.

“The most fearless hearts, the audacious dreamers, have always maintained a sense of optimism that often flies in the face of the available evidence” - Martin O'Malley

3. Widen your perspective

Fears have the ability to make us feel small as they tower over us. We see our fears as inner monsters and demons that hold us captive. As long as we perceive fears as something to be afraid of and dehumanized in this way. We will always give rise to consequential fear based thinking. We can choose to befriend our fears, understand and accept them so we then arm ourselves with the intelligence to progress through them. Our fears do not control us unless we willingly hand them that power and propensity. Instead of internally shadow-boxing our fears, we can clarify our thinking and better judgement and challenge with our hearts wisdom instead.

“What matters is this: Being fearless of failure arms you to break the rules. In doing so, you may change the culture and just possibly, for a moment, change life itself” - Malcolm Mclaren

Life happens. Whether we live fearfully of fearlessly affects our capacity to enjoy and gain the greatest gifts from our existence. Fearfulness keeps us small and unimaginative; fearlessness inspires our greatness and creativity. Where we choose to direct our energy has the ability to change our lives as well as touch those of countless others.

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3 comments
  • Kwabena Teye
    Kwabena Teye
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    "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood." - Marie Curie
    March 22
  • Abby LeBlanc
    Abby LeBlanc
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    Excellent read!
    March 22
  • Paco Flores
    Paco Flores
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    I like the point about being friendly to fear. Never would have put that together but I'm going to try it!
    March 22