No Fear

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Thomas Edison is quoted as saying that if we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves. I think the main reason people don’t is fear. Fear of the unknown; fear of failure just as much as fear of success; fear of exposure, fear of being alone; fear of not being good enough… You get the idea. My friends like it when I tell the story of the day I saw my first book up on Amazon for the very first time – I was the happiest I’d ever been… for about five seconds. And then the most paralysing fear suddenly gripped me: because what if someone read it? And yes, you might think it strange that I would publish a book when I was worried about other people reading it… But the possibility really only occurred to me at that moment. Since then I’ve done Time Line Therapy™ and managed to let go of Fear completely. All the rest of the NLP toolkit has been great too for helping me deal with the limiting beliefs that were linked to that. Because there is Fear, and then there is ‘fear of —–’ [fill in the blanks].

The thing with fear is that we live in a world where it’s hard to avoid it. Turn on the news, and… Need I say more? Most of what I hear on the radio these days feels completely surreal. I recently heard some politician discuss ‘the urgent need for border security’. That’s a fear-based belief. Get rid of ‘fear of Other’ and we won’t need borders anymore! The Pentagon made the front page of the New York Times recently when it was discovered that they have researched the possible existence of UFOs through their Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program. Now, what’s the deal with that? In Coaching, we always tell people that you must focus on what you want in life; because whatever you focus on, you will generate more of. So, if you focus on a threat from outer space, guess what…? Our fear-based beliefs about who may be out there are preventing us from spotting the friends who’d like to say hello. But I digress…

Ask yourself: how much fear is present in your life right now? Are you living an expansive, joyful, creative existence? Or are you pretending to be happy inside a tiny box of limiting beliefs? The reason I ask is because most people are not aware of this. For a long time, Fear that did not even belong to me stopped me from living life at my highest and most authentic level of Self – and I did not even know it. For years, I attempted to fit into a world-box that was full of false definitions. No wonder I wasn’t happy! No wonder it led to depression, pills, and self-harming. But I used the philosophy and techniques of NLP to give myself a software upgrade. And then I decided that I would embrace being a writer at last. I rearranged my life so that everything in it supported my calling. Happiness and joy swiftly followed; what a surprise! And not just that either: contacts, friendships, opportunities, and yes, even MONEY came through! Now I can confirm from direct experience that it is true what people say: if you follow your passion, the Universe WILL support you. And when you think about it, it makes sense: you are here for a reason, and everything is aligned to support that purpose – if only you allow yourself to embrace it. So, do it now. Do it despite the fear, the limiting beliefs, and everything everyone has always told you about the world and how it works – most of it is wrong, and indeed, fear-based! Don’t rely on a broken system that has robbed you of your own power; it’s coming to an end anyway. Know that you can design your own system and live the life you came here to create.

It doesn’t matter how crazy your dream is. If you have it, you can make it happen. All you need to do is be open to options and possibilities, and truly think outside the box. This is your life; find out what your purpose is and be relentless in the pursuit of your calling. This should be the most important thing you do all day, every day. I can guarantee that when you shift to that perspective, let go of fear and the idea that you are anything less than a powerful creator, your life will change in miraculous ways. Then again…

“Miracles are not the exception to the rule. They are the natural, true order of things.” – Bashar

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