formula for manifestation in our physical universe is known to be
"thoughts lead to feelings, which lead to actions, which lead
to results." Most people have plenty of thoughts and feelings,
but the breakdown for many seems to be ability to take "action".
The culprit, of course, is fear. That is why to succeed in life
you must cultivate the trait of courage.
is "taking action is spite of fear". In fact, you can
only experience courage in face of fear. Fear is our greatest obstacle
to living happy, peaceful and powerful lives. The true definition
of fear is "anticipation of pain." Since anticipation
is based in the future and the future only exists in our imagination,
fear does not exist in reality. It only lives in our head.
Therefore, it is our own protective mind that prevents
us from taking the actions necessary to attain our dreams. As the
cartoon character Pogo so appropriately states, "We have met
the enemy and he is us".
mind is like an over worried mother. It is constantly creating "doom
and gloom" scenarios trying to scare the heck out of us, in
the hopes that we won’t try anything new. Its favorite words are
"what if." "What if this happens? What if that happens?"
Even though none of these things have actually happened, and chances
are none of these things will ever happen, this "soap opera"
script continues to blare loudly in our head.
Unfortunately we tend to take this mind frick as
gospel and our wonderful ideas of growth and opportunity, become
full of uncertainty and doubt. Recognize that our protective mind
is not necessarily to be believed; that its agenda has nothing to
do with making us happy or successful, but only to keep us in a
place that is safe, secure and familiar.
Unfortunately many people wait for their fear to
subside before taking action. Big mistake! It is not necessary to
get rid of fear in order to act. It’s not necessary to “kill”
the cobra! The more effective strategy is to learn to "tame"
the cobra of fear by acknowledging the feelings and then taking
action anyway. Fear itself holds no real power over you. You and
you alone give fear its power. If you allow fear to stop you, it
will. If you recognize it as the protective part of you, doing it’s
job (far to well), you can simply say to your mind, "thank
you for sharing" and then proceed into action.
Realize that successful people have fear. Successful
people have doubts and successful people worry. The only difference
between those who succeed and those who don’t is that successful
people act in spite of their fear, doubt, and worry. So can you!
The darkness of fear begins to disappear in the
light of action. Because your protective mind (where fear resides)
lives only in past or future, fear cannot exist in the present moment.
Actions, however, only exist in the present moment, meaning that
in the midst of focused action, fear dissipates.
The voice of fear is not you. It is only a conditioned
"tape" from the past projecting into the future. Once
you can recognize that you are the one playing the tape and not
the tape itself, you are free!
Ask yourself, "What would I do, if I absolutely
knew I could not fail?" The answer will give you a good indication
of what you would do and who you would become if you lived based
in heart and spirit vs. fear!
Think of your dreams, your relationships, your
career, your time, your recreational activities, and your environment
(where you live and with whom you associate). Where in your life
are you letting fear, doubt or worry stop you from taking the
necessary actions for happiness and success? What would you do
if you could not fail? From this day forth, begin to act as if
you could not fail and watch as miracles unfold!
I act in spite of fear,
doubt and worry!
I take action towards my happiness and success!
For your freedom,
T. Harv Eker