You have probably heard the quote, “Do one thing every day that scares you,” on some blog or video. What most people don’t dive into is why the concept behind the quote is actually pretty useful, if you want to feel like you have what it takes to run through brick walls.
As much as I might cringe while saying this, I can confirm that George Addair’s statement, “Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear,” is, indeed, correct, at least in my experience.
To get an idea of how the invisible boogeyman in your mind is controlling your life, it’s worth asking yourself: If I had to do one thing today that terrifies me, what would it be?
The more extreme things in life, like skydiving or bungee jumping, might come to mind. Perhaps quitting your job to go travelling is a scary proposition. Maybe speaking to that beautiful woman you see on the way to work every day would have you quaking in your boots. If you’re considering either of the latter two, you might feel even more afraid than when contemplating things that put you in real, physical, danger. In our minds, on a neurological level, all of these scenarios pose the same threat to life.
Is Our Life Really In Danger?
Although I’m not going to dive too deep into the nature of fear and how it works, you can find out more in the post I wrote titled: How To Conquer Your Fears and Take Back Control Over Your Life.
Irrational fear is what prevents people from chasing their dreams. If you quit your job or go speak to that beautiful woman, your life is not going to end, although it may feel like it at the time. Sure, you will likely endure some temporary mental discomfort. Ultimately, however, your decision to act and take a step toward your dream will leave you feeling empowered, because you were able to overcome the invisible boogeyman in your mind.