Points to Ponder: Facing Fears
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified … for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
—Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
If you wait for perfect weather, you will never plant your seeds. If you are afraid that every cloud will bring rain, you will never harvest your crops.
—Ecclesiastes 11:4 ERV
Facing your fears robs them of their power.
—Mark Burnett (b. 1960)
Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.
—Dale Carnegie (1888–1955)
Winners are those people who make a habit of doing the things that [others] are uncomfortable doing.
—Ed Foreman (b. 1933)
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
—Napoleon Hill (1883–1970)
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
—Wayne Gretzky (b. 1961)
You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop and look fear in the face. … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.
—Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962)
Do the thing you fear and keep on doing it … that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.
Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.
—Judy Blume (b. 1938)
Waiting to develop courage is just another form of procrastination. The most successful people take action while they’re afraid!
The greatest failure is the failure to try. When I die I want four words written on my tombstone: “At least he tried.” For the glory of God. You’ve got to take risks. That’s what brings abundance. That’s what brings success in life. Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, that’s where the fruit is.
—Rick Warren (b. 1954)
[The things we need to do to reach our goals] may all be things that are uncomfortable at first. So what! Do it anyway! One of the ways to get through the discomfort is simply to do the thing you are uncomfortable doing.
—Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen, The Aladdin Factor (New York: Berkley Trade, 1995)
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