Fear & Paulo Coelho: Day 21 of Project 365

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Paulo Coelho: a Brazilian author most famed for his book, The Alchemist

Don’t give into your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.” – Paulo Coelho

Yesterday my topic had me stumble across a very pertinent blog written by Coelho, and today I found several quotes by him on the topic of fear. I had trouble picking one, and so today has two quotes!

Fear is a subtle giant. It can steer your life decisions and keep you away from the “most” that you can be in your life.

Even worse, fear can control you when you are not even realizing it.

Nobody sits around, ponders a decision, then thinks “Oh, forget it. I think I’m just going to sit back and let fear take the reigns for while. Meanwhile, I’ll make a sandwich.” (Or whatever it is you do when fear is taking charge.)

Anthropologically speaking, fear is theorized as an evolutionary adaptation in many species. We all have seen the look of fear (or wild, skittering actions that characterize fear) in animals in our lifetime.

It’s an instinct buried deep in our brain, so deep that it comes as naturally as our beating hearts and expanding lungs. It is triggered by different things, but it exists inside of all of us.

It does not good to tell yourself you have no fear. In fact, that could even be detrimental. If it isn’t acknowledged and understood, fear will often be subtly influencing your decisions even when you try to be logical.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

This may seem intimidating, but my point is that fear can be conquered.

1. Know your fear. Get intimate with it. Really look at the worst, most terrible possible situation. If it gets difficult to think about, try these tricks for helping bad days get better. (And perhaps keep some chocolate handy.)

2. Know your goals. This is equally as important as knowing your fear. Think about the biggest dream you have in life. What would happen that would make you so happy you’d start to cry? What would make you feel, for once, like you’ve done what you set out to do?

3. Follow your goals. If you follow your fear, you are sure to never succeed at your goals. You may have a more comfortable life in the immediate future, but theres a small problem. Life is unpredictable. Perhaps you follow your fear and the worst possible happens either way (though I truly wish that does not happen to any of you). If you follow your goals, no holds barred, you are that much closer to your dream. No matter what.

Do you know your fears?

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2 thoughts on “Fear & Paulo Coelho: Day 21 of Project 365

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