3. Facing Fears

I never knew how much fear controlled my life until I recently conquered my fear of heights. For 22 years, avoiding roller coasters, Ferris wheels, and ladders have been my reality. Up until nine days ago, you would not catch me close to a ledge two stories high. But, I believe fears are meant to be conquered. I believe each and every one of us has something inside of us, mentally, that must be overcome to achieve more. Be more. Without these fears providing a barrier to success, hard work, dedication, and perseverance has no rewards.


Your fears are not an immovable challenge that you maneuver and shape your life around. You were born with a set of restraints and tools to systematically break free from these restraints. Shyness prefaces to the work to overcome and branch out, outside of your comfort zone. Lack of resources provides the wherewithal and deviation of seeking and achieving such. Our fears, and how we perceive facing them, appear bigger and more heightened as we evaluate our own purpose in life. Fear of failure holds us comfortable. Fear of inadequacy prevents us from unlocking our potential. Fear of vilification destroys our natural beauty. These defective assumptions about taking that first leap into valiance forever bind us to a life of familiarity, sufficient, and unexceptional behaviors.


Living a life up to and where you are fearful impacts you far more than the times you fail or the times you wish you went the traditional route. Failure reports growth and opportunity, whereas complacency alludes to just that and only that. Fear has a way of continuously binding you and your aspirations to the level of where many people are afraid to go and very few do go. Once you decide to get over what prevents you from moving forward, you will effortlessly parade around the obstacles you find daunting today. New heights require new tools, however, and you will always have a new challenge, but facing your fears will never continue to be an uphill battle if you stay true to the values of growth and persistence. 


Take that first step.

DeMarcus Richardson