Tuesday, January 27, 2004

Facing Your Fears Brings Achievements - By Rosemarie Rossetti, Ph.D

When was the last time you purposely put yourself in a situation where you would feel fear? Can you remember the difficulty you faced? Did you experience the intensity of the moment?

Many times we go through life avoiding situations that cause us to be afraid. Fear is appraised internally, and we decide to not take part in the activity. We recognize that there is some risk facing us and decide not to go forward. Oftentimes we totally abandon the activity and never return to it.

Avoiding situations due to fear, may limit your opportunities and growth. Something inside us resists the temptation to try a fearful activity due to a feeling of discomfort, failure, or defeat. Yet as we reflect over our lives, oftentimes our greatest achievements were made as a result of facing our fears.

We can choose to live an adventure, or live each day without challenges. It is a conscious choice. Out of our adventures come happy memories and experiences that we treasure.

What can you do to challenge yourself? What goals have you identified and shoved off to the side because you were afraid to start working towards them?

You cannot be paralyzed at the thought of the challenges that face you, but rather see obstacles as opportunities for personal growth. Trust yourself, test your limits and have the courage to succeed. Take success in small doses.

Each new experience brings with it some measure of success. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.

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