This post has no photograph. And it is on purpose. This one is about you, me, women and mothers, and it is about fear.
As women, we might have come a long way (baby…) but fear continues to have an oppressive role that weaves through all areas of our personal, professional and social lives.
No need to define fear in fancy ways here.
I’m simply talking about the type of fear that has the power to gradually vanish the core of who you are, to take away your dreams, and to keep you stuck and down. The fear I’m referring to insists on questioning everything you do, think or say. And it paralyzes you.
Fear, my fellow women is death.
When you fear taking action, taking a risk, or making changes, you escape life. When you stop thinking BIG, you become small. When you wait because you’re afraid of taking the plunge, you get stuck. When you settle because you fear failure, you have failed.
So I ask: Where did your fearlessness go? Where did you leave it behind? In your childhood? In your adolescent years? In college? When was the last time you were not afraid, worried or concerned, all the time?
Do you remember the days when fear felt exciting? Like a challenge? And motivating? What is fear doing to you today?
So I say: It’s not your boss that’s keeping you from succeeding or climbing the corporate ladder. It’s not your controlling partner or spouse that’s keeping you from being yourself. It is not the lack of clients or the economy that’s keeping you from earning the income you deserve. It is not the lack of time, or work/family balance issues that’s keeping you from achieving your dreams, or writing that book you’ve been dying to write, or setting up that new business. It is your fear. Period.
Once you realize that fear is the real culprit to all of your dissatisfaction and discontent, you will have a choice to make:
1) To let fear kill you.
2) To look at fear straight in the eyes. Come closer, face it, push it, kick it, beat it. Kill it, before it kills you.
Stop being so afraid, be fearless. Go do what you need to do.