Fear of failure. Fear of what others think about you. Fear of the unknown. Fear of the future. Fear of losing your job. Fear of never finding a job. Fear of rejection. Fear of losing all your money. Fear of having no money, of not being able to earn enough money to pay the bills. Fear of saying the wrong thing. Fear of missing out on something. Fear of your children getting hurt, hanging with the wrong crowd, making the wrong choices. Fear of losing someone you love. Fear of being hurt by someone you love. Fear of never being loved. Fear of not being good enough. Fear of how big your dreams really are and what it would require to live them.
Take all of that off the table of your life. Wipe all of that out of your mind. Erase it all from your vocabulary. Your ears never hear it again. Your thoughts never dwell on it again. Never again do you lose energy, confidence, charisma, daring, joy, a smile, a laugh, a feeling of peace because of fear. What would your life be like then?
You can't dream and fear at the same time. You might start dreaming. The seed might be planted, the roots might start taking hold, and it might even start poking up through the ground, but fear will kill a dream every time. You cannot accomplish anything great for yourself or others when you fear. Fear is the #1 dream killer.
What did you do yesterday? Think through your entire day. How would your day have been different if you had been different? What if you had absolutely no fear? How about last week? Last month? The last year? Take fear out of the equation and you live differently -- the output on the right-hand side of the equal sign will increase.
Imagine running a race with heavy snow boots on, three layers of clothing, plus an oversized coat, snow gloves, a hat, and a backpack with 60 pounds of gear...in 90-degree heat! Most of us wouldn't run very far or very fast. Take off the coat, the three layers of clothing, the gloves, hat and backpack, and exchange the boots for running shoes, then run the race. One thing I can promise: you will perform better -- and you will feel better -- than you did before.
Fear hinders, that's all it does. It does not bring anything of value to the table. There is no good reason for you to fear. Stare it down, don't run away from it. Boldly walk through the jungle -- let it tremble before you. Laugh in its face and live your life. Toss it aside and pursue your dreams. Do a flying drop kick in its kneecap and walk with your head high.