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Fear vs. Courage


“To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability, and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended.” Jordan Peterson – 12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos


Have you ever thought about how fear affects our lives and our decisions? Have you notice how fear diminishes our self-confidence and our will to create or do things that are supposed to make us happy or successful in life? Fear is one of the main reasons that stop us from experiencing more things that we haven’t tried before; things that we desire or those we hope to achieved before we disappear from this world. Although sometimes, there are valid reasons to be afraid as fear is a natural character we as humans need for our survival. But in general, fear of trying new things or venturing new territories and aspects in life are irrational and has to be stopped.

If we want to achieve more things in our life or to succeed more in our chosen career or social purpose, it is time to abandon fear. We have to do this to grow and to reach higher realizations in life; to actualize the version of our self that we want to be. It is time to break the shackles and contractions that keep us chained to our pasts, to our faults, to our feelings of inadequacy, to our self-distrust, to our self-hatred, to our challenges, and to everything that we consider hindrances and weaknesses. This is because fear leads us to self-sabotage, to immobility or inaction, to faithlessness, to feelings of powerlessness, and most especially to self-pity and even depression.

Fear is a poison that kills our heart’s vision. If we want to be free from our fears, we must take the steps and confront our villains. The hero must to slay the dragons and the monsters. To face our fear, we have to take a stand firmly and move forward and pursue the things that really matters to us; our dreams and aspirations in life. We have to trust our self again and take the courage to be responsible for ourselves and the people we love. We have to remember that we are powerful enough to manage and beat the challenges, big or small. This is a very helpful action against the things that stop us from having great experiences in life. We must take actions, we must make a move.