Action Conquers Fear (Peter Nivio Zarlenga) is one of my favorite quotes. It is my original mantra and motivational saying when I decided to make changes. It’s truth is mind blowing.
Richard Carlson, PH. D. is the author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. I haven’t yet read this book in its entirety, the one chapter I did read was uplifting.
That chapter along with other experiences rotated this question in my mind.
How much of our fear is actual real?
What I mean by that…
I have a fear of heights and it isn’t heights as much as it is falling. I can stand on balconies, I’ve been cliff diving, and even skydiving. In certain situations however I have this imagine of falling which then creates the fear. However when looking at that situation; I am not actually falling. It is a possibility to fall. Yet, in the present moment I am not falling, i’m standing.
So the question, how much of our fear is actually real?
In the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Richard Carlson quotes Mark Twain,
“I have been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.”
He preceded the quote by commenting on fear.
“When our attention is in the present moment, we push fear from our minds. Fear is the concern over events that might happen in the future — we won’t have enough money, our children will get into trouble, we will get old and die, whatever. “
Let us break in down!
Fear is the timid thoughts of the future. Action creates focus on the present. The present removes fear from the mind.