New Year's Eve Scares? My second entry in this month's contest:
The one thing I'd like to scare away or free myself from; not bringing it into the new year with me is stress born of fears. I want to shrink irrational fears in my life.
Zig Ziglar said, "Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real".
I've also heard it said by unknown authors:
"Worry is interest paid on money never borrowed."
"Worry doesn't take away tomorrow's troubles. It takes away today's peace."
Will Smith shares this powerful observation about fear:
I think fear has it's place in nature, we have fight or flight instincts; a bear, a suspicious person, a street we decide to avoid, etc. We have a gut instinct we must trust. But, worrying about money, health or God forbid politics is a waste of time, energy and resources. It's a distraction that knocks us off course on the way to our goals.
Fear poor health? I'll change my eating habits, I'll exercise more, I'll see my health professionals more regularly. Fear not having enough money? I'll work more creatively, seek different mentors and coaches, read books and take classes to help me improve my business and sharpen my edge.
You get my point, if I fear something I want to face it, walk towards it and make it shrink. When I hear a noise in the middle of the night downstairs, I get up, hit the lights and walk towards it I don't hide under the covers.
I want to work on my peace of mind, my faith and my efforts to continue to shrink fear in my life. President Franklin D. Roosevelt famously advised us:
"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that
the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself
— nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which
paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."