I am antsy.
The internet was down for hours today. Super slow too for a few more. I was busy conquering a Paypal issue in India this morning. So I am a bit behind.
I feel nervous. Anxious. At 6:21 PM I have to be out of here by 7:05 to meditate at the ashram. Yeah I know. You are thinking, what types of problems does this guy have?
Well I have many. Even more so than problems I have many deep, dark fears. I fear being criticized – especially by close friends and family members – I fear going broke sometimes and I fear death.
I fear stray dogs biting me from time to time, even though I do feed them here in India. The fear remains.
I fear sharks biting me in half in unclear waters. I kid you not! I fear turbulence on airplanes, I fear writing posts and seeing no comments.
Why am I antsy now? I fear not being able to publish this post in the next 40 minutes. I see a nice pattern of 1 personal development post daily and 1 travel or make money online themed post and gotta keep it going.
Your Deepest Fears
Do you fear, more than anything else….
- going broke aka losing all of your money?
- dying? Or dying with your song still in you? Aka, living a miserable, average, ordinary life?
- being harshly criticized by family members for your life choices?
- being mocked by your friends?
If you fear these things welcome to the club! I have been there. In all cases – other than death of course. I have feared going broke then I lost it all….to where I had 4 cents in my pocket.
I have been shunned by family members for living the internet lifestyle.
I have been ball busted by my friends from time to time. I also feared living a miserable, average, ordinary life.
So these are my deepest fears. How do I conquer them? Here is a little secret, from a guy who almost pissed his pants by stepping into a cage with THREE, 400 pound tigers, who has flown from New York City to Bali – 23 hours in total – despite never being on a plane before.
Here is the secret: you never fully conquer many of your deepest fears.
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.” ~ Ryan Biddulph
Sure Some Fears Go Away
Like I feared publishing a blog post. Good job there. Now I am excited to publish posts. This one was easy.
But stepping into a cage with THREE 400 pound tigers – check out the pic to the right – well, that fear is not going away any time soon. I will feel scared to death each time I do it in the future when we visit Chiang Mai, Thailand. I am at peace with this….because I know conquering fears, in many cases, simply means…..feeling the fear and doing it anway.
Some people look at me and think I am fearless. That is bullshit my friends.
I get scared that I will not attract enough cash gifting opt ins or that not enough people will see my Donate page or my inspirational ebooks down in the bottom menu – go ahead look down and buy them already before I become really famous and you have a keepsake! – and I fear about not getting enough page views and etc, etc, etc….
I fear losing loved ones. Family members. I fear being by myself in this world.
How do you conquer your deepest fears?
“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”
Some people advise you to shy away from fear. Others to conquer the fear by using all type of mental approaches but not acting a damn bit. Bad advice I say because all successful people learned early on how to feel the fear and do it anyway.
Successes learned how to:
- sprint out of their comfort zone
- embrace their deepest fears
- function despite embracing their fears
This morning I spent almost 30 minutes talking to a Paypal rep about sending money. I am flagged since I am in India. All fears popped up in my mind, especially after she told me I would have to wait until I returned to the US around Christmas time to transfer my dough.
As I had a nice sizable amount of money in there this morning, well, I forcefully told her the situation needs to be resolved, now. So it got resolved. Note; I was still very nice, just direct and forceful.
I felt the fear of not having this money in my bank account, and bill bay issues, and other issues, and all that stuff, but I felt the fear and did it anyway.
Nobody Else Can Handle Your Fears for You
You cannot gain courage by proxy. Feel the fear and do it anyway. You need to feel it to prove to yourself that you can act despite your fears.
Gotta go. The ashram is calling.
How do you handle your deepest fears?
What tips can you add?
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