“Stop running from and start running to your fears.”
This picture of our grandson being scared of the Atlanta Falcons’ mascot is a classic. The one below, with him playing with the mascot 3 years later, is symbolic of how you should be running to instead of from your fears. We can turn our fears into cheers.
Throughout life, you will have fears ranging from “Can I do the job?” to “Is there a boogey man at the job, under my bed, in the closet, etc waiting to get me?” I know because I have had to deal with my fears, both personally and professionally.
Failure, the fear of speaking, and the fear of the unknown used to be my biggest fears. They aren’t anymore because I stopped avoiding them and started facing them head-on. Yes, facing your fears head on is the key to success. For example, when it came to speaking, I stopped trying to be perfect and started trying to be personable. In that, people aren’t looking for you to be perfect, they just want you to be you. I started doing the same thing with other aspects of my job and life. Once I did, things took off for me.
Said differently, I started running from and started running to my fears. Surprisingly, just like that scene in the movie “Forrest Gump” people started running with me, just like this picture of our grandson with the Falcons mascot three years later.”