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Day 13: How Facing Your Fears Can Change Your Life.


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In this 30-days to Mastering Your Fears Series, The Skool of Life and The Fear Project are collaborating to blow the doors off our most primal emotion. Today my substitute teacher is Bud Hennekes, the author of  A Boundless World

For much of my life I let fear cripple me. I choose to hide because I thought that it was safe. 

The truth however, is that you can’t hide from fear. Instead you must face it. Or you’ll forever be chained by an imaginary string.

I’ve been scared many times in my life. Yet I’ve always been better off by pushing through.

When I was in high school I moved from Houston Texas to Shanghai China. I was scared to death.

How was I going to make friends? Isn’t China scary? How will I learn the language?

I could have thrown my hands up and hated the experience. Instead I choose to embrace the uncertainty, and Shanghai is now one of my favorite places in the world.

When I lost the ability to walk for a week after a painful autoimmune disease I was scared.

Would I walk again? Could I run again? Why me? I could have given up running.

But I didn’t, and with the help of my teammates, not only did I recover fully – I also went on to run a sub 5 minute mile just a year later.

Every time I write for my blog I’m overcome with fear.

I’ve written over 200 posts over four years.

No matter where you are in your journey you’re inevitably going to face fear.

We all do.

At the age of 21, I’m overcome with fear.

Or disappear in the internet abyss?…..

Many questions. So much uncertainty.

Perhaps you can relate.

Yet in the chaos hides the chance to live. In the chaos is a chance to make a difference, to be heard.

It’s not always easy facing your fears. It’s tough.

Sometimes you feel all alone.

But only in doing what scares you can you really begin to make a difference.

Only in doing what scares you can you truly begin to shine.

You’ll want to quit. To walk away. To give up and go home.

But the ones that push through that never ending desire to turn away are the ones that come out on top.

Drop the excuses. And make it a habit to do the thing that scare you.

Fear will find you. Embrace it.

Without it, life wouldn’t be any fun. 

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