I once got an interesting (although quite short) question about fearlessness. I thought it was very interesting, and thought-provoking and it got me thinking.
It seems for many fear is always such a dominating feeling, hindering so many actions.
I know though, that the standard answer to combat in-actions that are due to fear, “What’s the worst that can happen?”, can be.. well, a scary truth. The worst could be death or serious injury, that’s true.
If we talk about fear that hinders you from living a fulfilled and happy life, that’s a completely different ball game.
For so many people fear is a true obstacle. Fear of rejection, fear of losing face, fear of ridicule.
And sure, those things are real. If you tell someone you love them, they might reject you. You might make a mistake and lie, and lose face. Or you may have an idea or a suggestion that everyone else finds laughable.
But should that stop you? Should you succumb to fear and not do, say or try anything, so that you’ll never get hurt or laughed at?And then what?
You’re safe, but are you happy? Are you accomplishing what you want to? Or are you selling yourself short, just going along? Is that they way to go, a life worth living?
One very large hinder is the fear of being honest to yourself. Who you really are, what you can do, what you really want.
And related to that the question “What’s the worst that could happen” applies. What’s the worst that would happen if you really, truly listened to yourself, your needs and wants, and acted on them?
So what if you get rejected: S/he wasn’t the right one to begin with! Or that job wasn’t really your thing anyway.
So what that you lost face: build it up again. Make reparations if need be, learn from your mistakes, try again.
And so what if they laugh at you? They probably laugh at anything new or different, and that’s their loss. Who care if they find what you say or do ridiculous? It’s your idea, your thing, you’re doing it, not them. Maybe they’re jealous of you and try to pull you down (to their level 😉 ).
If you know yourself, truly know, fear has no hold on you: You know what your worth is, you know what you can do, you know what you want.
So what’s the worst that can happen? You might succeed! You might learn things about yourself and find strengths you didn’t know existed! You may be happy and content.