5 Quotes on Fear to Help You Achieve Your Purpose

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Fear. It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” Too often in life, fear keeps us from getting the most out of our everyday existence. It kills dreams, stifles ambitions, and burns out hope like a wildfire in the brain. Like a lightning storm in the nervous system, fear and anxiety threaten to strike down everything we love and we allow it. Sure fear serves a purpose in more primal settings, it keeps us alert and apprehensive to potentially dangerous situations both mentally and physically. But what happens when the alarm goes off in the absence of true danger? What are we doing holding back our potential because the fear was triggered? You cannot have success without fear and learning what to do with it is the first step in manifesting your desires. So, check out these thoughts on how to tackle the boogeyman in your brain.

“You realize at the point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear...What did you need that fear for? Everything up to the stepping out, there’s actually no reason to be scared. It only just ruins your day...God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror. On the other side of your maximum fear are all of the best things in life.”- Will Smith, actor

Here Smith is talking about fear as it related to his experience with skydiving for the first time, but the theory holds true: “On the other side of your maximum fear are all of the best things in life.” Even if you are not especially religious, the idea that the best-kept secrets and happiness of the universe come from conquering your greatest fears is not a new idea. In Smith’s quote, he poses a great question: When it comes to success, of any kind, why do you need fear? If you can learn to trust your instincts and act on your goals, there is no reason or room for fear or doubt. When it comes to living your best life and achieving your dreams you don’t need fear, you need courage.

“The best way to overcome fear is the dream has to be bigger than the fear.”- Steve Harvey, comedian, and motivational speaker

Simple enough. Harvey is telling us that in order to be successful and push past your fear, your desire to achieve has to be greater than your fear. If you can overwhelm your fear and uncertainty with absolute conviction and belief in your destiny, there is no reason you should be held back. Want it more than you fear it and it can be yours.

“Feel the fear, but do it anyway.”- Bishop T.D Jakes, spiritual advisor

Bishop Jakes’ quote expands on Harvey’s quote by encouraging bravery. There will be times when you cannot prevent or stifle the fear you feel, but that should not stifle your actions. Jakes is telling us to make the leap and have faith that what is meant to be will be. Much like Harvey said in a speech to his audience on the set of Family Feud, the one thing you can be sure of is that if you never make the leap, you’ll never soar. Being afraid is inevitable, but being brave takes faith. Whether it’s faith in your destiny, a higher power, or simply yourself, “doing it anyway” means making the leap.

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” - Mark Twain, author

Being courageous or brave doesn’t mean you aren’t afraid or don’t experience fear. It means you’re more afraid of failure and the “what if.” It’s the push back and the alteration of that fear for the greater good.

“Jealousy is fear of comparison.”- Max Frisch, playwright, and novelist

This hits on a common, unspoken truth. Often when we experience jealousy it is because we perceive someone else as having something we believe we lack or gaining attention for something we believe ourselves to be superior or equal in. In Frisch’s quote, he touches on the base of this phenomenon, which is that jealousy is simply a manifestation of our fear of being compared and found inferior to another person. It is this fear that then leads to the hostility that jealousy can create, but finding and living in your own gifts and purpose can help you refocus your vision to achieve your ambitions.

“Have no fear of perfection- you’ll never reach it.”- Salvador Dali, artist

Many people live their lives afraid to go after their dreams because they fear that they will never be as good as their idols or mentors. Usually, the hesitation and fear of pursuing ambitions comes from a fear of not being the best and perfecting the craft. Dali has concisely articulated why this kind of fear is unnecessary. Nothing created by man has ever been perfect. Even the things we perceive as being the “ideal” have flaws, so here Dali reminds us that no one and nothing has ever been perfect, so take the pressure off of yourself and just be. It is the journey of life that gives us pristine or glorious moments in time, but every successful person’s journey is riddled with mistake and lessons. Don’t chase unattainable, non-existent perfection and miss or undervalue those landmarks in your own journey. You will never be perfect, but you can be always be better than you were.

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Patricia Jones
A writer with a love of all things music, Harry Potter, and cult film classics. My brain is mostly song lyrics, useless trivia, and pop culture references. Not so secretly an 80s hair metal fan and a huge nerd.
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