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“What do you fear my Lady?
A cage. To stay behind bars until use and old age accept them and all chance of valour has gone beyond recall or desire.”
It is difficult to describe how this quote makes me feel. It gives meaning to my own fears of failure while igniting a strength to see my desires come to pass.
I love the story of Eowyn in J.R.R Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings. If you’re a modern girl and still haven’t gotten around to seeing Lord of the Rings or think it couldn’t possibly be your cup of tea; I’ll briefly share her powerful story.
She is a Lady in the House of her uncle the King- Théoden and there is war. There are invaders from the north and an impending battle in the south. The King believes it is her place to stay behind, hold down the fort, take care of her people. And this, I admit, is an admirable role.
But her desire is to fight. To stand among honourable men and fight for her freedom and for her people.
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Fear can stop us achieving our dreams.
It can crush our enthusiasm and stop us dead in our tracks.
But those who have success in life are not the fearless warriors we imagine them to be.
It’s those who are afraid and yet do it anyway.
I am stepping out in business, in my writing, even in my health goals and I am constantly reminded of the very real threat of failure.
What if nobody reads my blog? What if nobody buys my product? What if it’s too hard and I quit before I reach my goal?
I too feel it but choose to take these steps to help overcome it.
Overcoming Your Fear
The first step in overcoming your fear is realising your not alone. Those that have gone before you were also afraid but showed courage under adversity. Despite ailing health William Wilberforce fought for 20 years to abolish slavery. Eventually to a technicality in law and outright persistance- He and his team were victorious.
The second step is realizing failure is not the end- it is just a stepping stone on your way to success. Thomas Edison made over 10,000 attempts at creating a light bulb. If he had quit after the 9,999th try we would still be sitting in the dark.
And finally knowing that your choice to pursue your dream may be the hardest decision you’ll ever make.
But it might just be the most exciting and most amazing thing you’ll ever do.
So, put fear aside and when the opportunity to do something incredible comes your way…
Grab it! With both hands! And be the person you know you were made to be.
Opportunities are God’s way of saying – “You’re Ready”