“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” – Bertrand Russell
Does fear have the upper hand with you, can fear immobilize you? You can take fear at face value or you can realize it’s just an acronym of False Evidence Appearing Real. If you have ever been metaphorically “Caught in the Glaze of the Headlights” and just not known which way to turn, you will know with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight that the reason it happened was due to fear.
It is in our own interest that we learn how to conquer our fears, one day it could end up being a matter of life or death for us. Timidity and shyness may be endearing in some peoples eyes, but to have a steely spirit, to be someone who is willing to “Face the fear and do it anyway!” as Susan Jeffer’s book called it, will live a more fulfilled life.
My favorite quote from the film Braveheart is when the character tells his men the reason to fight rather than run was that if
they did one day they would still die in their beds maybe as old men, but what kind of life is the life of a coward or a frightened man? Braveheart then says “All men die, but not all men truly live!”
When we believe in something strongly enough, and if it isn’t true of anything else it ought to be true of the way we view our own lives then we should be willing to stand up for it! If you won’t stand for something as important as that, then you will probably fall for anything. Yes conquering fear is a wise move indeed!