When was the last time you actually leaped into your fears? Like a cliff diver standing on the edge of a cliff with the water far below, when was the last time you really went for it by jumping with abandon?
Today you have the choice to embrace your God-given creativity or allow the fear of failure to paralyze you from fulfilling your creative calling. The world needs your gift of beauty. Don’t allow fear to knock you sideways into that deep ditch of procrastination, regret and self-loathing. You have fear because you’re human. Don’t make fear your enemy. Use it. Leverage it as a force for good. Leap into your creative fears and see what happens. You might be surprised at what you discover…
Just this weekend, I opened a magazine and saw an amazing photo of a woman at the start of an amazing backdive off an eighty foot cliff!
As she stood at the edge of the cliff, did she experience fear? I can’t say for sure, but if she didn’t have a slight twinge of fear or at least, a very healthy dose of respect what she was about to do, then that wouldn’t be normal.
I grew up jumping off fifty-foot cliffs into the ocean off the Three Arch Bay cliffs near our home in Dana Point. Whenever we took a friend who’d never cliff-jumped before, our advice was always the same: Don’t think about it! Just jump!
The same is true for whatever fear we’re facing. If we think too much about it, we’ll never jump. We’ll get wrapped around our mental axles trying to talk ourselves off the cliff.
But when we leap into our fears, yes actually face them for what they are, nine times out of ten, we defang them.
It’s in facing our fears — especially our creative fears — that can make us feel fully alive.
In The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Steven Pressfield has some very helpful things to say about fear…
Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign.
Fear is good. Life self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.
Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore, the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.
Everyday involves some leap of faith. What leap of faith do you need to overcome your fears?
I’d love your thoughts and comments.