Fear (from Google)
noun: fear; plural noun: fears
an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.
“drivers are threatening to quit their jobs in fear after a cabby’s murder”
synonyms: terror, fright, fearfulness, horror, alarm, panic, agitation, trepidation, dread, consternation, dismay, distress; anxiety, worry, angst, unease, uneasiness, apprehension, apprehensiveness, nervousness, nerves, perturbation, foreboding;
informal the creeps, the shivers, the willies, the heebie-jeebies, jitteriness, twitchiness, butterflies (in the stomach)
“he felt fear at entering the house”
phobia, aversion, antipathy, dread, bugbear, nightmare, horror, terror;
verb: fear; 3rd person present: fears; past tense: feared; past participle: feared; gerund or present participle: fearing
be afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening.
“he said he didn’t care about life so why should he fear death?”
synonyms: be afraid of, be fearful of, be scared of, be apprehensive of, dread, live in fear of, be terrified of; be anxious about, worry about, feel apprehensive about
“she feared her husband”
have a phobia about, have a horror of, take fright at
“he fears heights”
Fear is a natural reaction to things that could cause us harm, it is perfectly normal and necessary, without it, many of us wouldn’t be here reading this today. But all too often, we allow fear to rule our lives, we let fear hold us back from living our dreams, it’s the “what if” syndrome, the biggest one being “what if I fail?” or even worse, the fear of succeeding… yes that can be a fear as well.
PB and I have lived off grid since Dec ’07, we are still here, living and loving our life. Not all of it was an easy ride, but we are still going forward, making things better and better, still very much on a budget. It was scary to walk away from our previous lives, previous jobs, friends and family to move some 500 miles to the west, to an area where we knew no one and nothing lined up except the raw property and a dream.
We could have allowed our fear to freeze us in place where we used to live, I shudder to think of how we would be living if we were still there, we could have taken the “safe” route, we could have done things much slower, but we wouldn’t be where we are now if we had done that.
Our only path was forward, we had to let go of our old life to start our new one.
What is your dream? I hear and read people bemoaning their current life, wishing to live a different one, yet not taking the steps necessary to move toward their dream. What is holding you back? Are you waiting for someone or something to change? Why not be the change? Why not make the change happen yourself? You don’t have to jump into things all at once, there are legitimate things that could slow you down, but that doesn’t mean you can’t START now.
Sit down and write out a list of what you would do if money were no object and circumstances were perfect for you. Now figure out a way to start doing those things, set goals
A goal is a wish with a date attached
Set big and small goals, work out the steps necessary to achieve those goals (mini goals) and start doing what it takes to make those goals happen. What are your goals? Let me know in the comments. :)
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