Sometimes it needs as little as some wise words to lift you up when you are in a difficult place. I’d like to share with you some of my favourite quotes. I hope they encourage you to face your fears when things are getting challenging. No matter what it is you’re afraid of, you have all it takes to overcome it. Let yourself be inspired!“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fear is one of our greatest enemies in life without many of us even realising. It prevents us from making valuable experiences that make us grow as well as give our life meaning and direction. If we continue to avoid facing our fears, we don’t stand a chance to show our talents and awake our potential. By letting fear hold us back we limit our scope. There is nothing to be afraid of except for a life that hasn’t been lived properly.“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears.” ~ Arthur Koestler
The key to living a full life is to let our dreams always be stronger than our fears. When we let limiting beliefs overpower us and refuse to take action, we are held hostage. Living a fearless life means to act despite being anxious, and to do what’s necessary to thrive.“There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.” ~ Andre Gide
Fear makes us see life’s events in a distorted way; they give the impression to be impossible to manage, whereas we appear to be weak and even dwarfed into insignificance. Try to engage the rational side of your brain and prove your thoughts wrong. Things are never as bad as they seem, and for the greatest part they are never as scary as we believe them to be. The more we get acquainted with our fears the more we can find strategies to overcome them.“Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.” ~ Samuel Butler
When we are scared, we are like a puppet on a string: not able to act the way we would usually do. All we can hear is that voice in our head telling us that danger is imminent, and we lose touch with ourself. Try to get back in control of your thoughts, and you will also get back in control of your feelings.“It’s not because things are difficult that we don’t dare; It’s because we don’t dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca
Fear brings us to a halt – in the worst case, even our entire life. Overthinking doesn’t make things any better as energy always follows where you direct your attention to. So try to do something that could lead to a solution instead of letting your thoughts stick with the problem for too long. The secret of a fearless life is – in simple words – to drum up the courage to face your fears every day anew.“Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.” ~ W. Clement Stone
The more we think about fear, the worse it gets. The only true antidote is to take action. When we decide to face fear and take the next step towards our goal boldly, then the anxious feeling will diminish in time. Life is trial and error. The more often we fail, the easier it becomes to understand life’s lessons – and to become more aware of our strengths.“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
When negative thoughts are clouding our mind, we forget about our power. We feel like victims of our emotions, but how we judge a situation is up to us. There are always two sides to every coin. Even if the situation is bad, what makes the difference is how we react to it. We can become desperate and give up, or regain our inner strength, and make the best of it. As long we keep moving, we can always change direction. The worst thing that can happen is to get stuck.“Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.” ~ Marilyn Ferguson
To actually do what we are afraid of feels awful, but what we can gain is worth the scare. The freedom to be able to undertake whatever we desire or feel up to is priceless: it paves the way for self-discovery and happiness. Not facing our fears will leave us locked up in a cage made up of our dreams and aspirations.
A last tip: If you can, grab a book, and get lost in another world. Initially, you might be having difficulties to focus on anything other than your fear. Read the book word by word. Concentrate on every letter to and move your eyes slowly. If you are alone, read every word out loud. The sound of our voice is calming, and you are also able to slow down your breathing.
Or, to say it in the words of Charles de Montesquieu:“I have never known any distress that an hour’s reading did not relieve.”
Which is your favourite quote to help you get up the courage to face your fears?