One father went to his little girl’s practice recital. She had a dance routine to do on stage that she had practiced so hard for. When her time came up to do her routine, she remained on stage frozen with fear. Concerned, the father went up to his little girl and knelt beside her.
“I am scared, daddy,” the little girl’s voice cracked as tears slowly fell down her cheeks.
The father smiled, “Of course you are! Doing something new is such a scary thing. But right now I don’t think you are feeling fear. I think you are BEING fear.”
The daughter stopped crying and looked at him confused, “I don’t understand.”
“Everyone feels fear, honey. It’s normal and probably a good thing. We need to be afraid to touch something that could hurt us or see a animal that is being aggressive. It’s our warning sign to tell us to stop and make sure we think before we act. But when you are being afraid, well this means that you are acting as fear. There isn’t any thinking. You are just fear.”
“How do I stop it?”
“You be you. That may mean you do something while afraid but you do it anyways. Do you think you can do that?”
She nodded and on recital night, she came out and did her routine. She was shaky at first but as she started doing it, she started to gain confidence.
How many times do we do this in our work place or personal life? How many times do we act as fear versus feeling afraid. Don’t let fear claim ownership of you. Have courage and do it anyways! It’s the difference between those who succeed and those who fail.
Never. Ever. Stop. Being. YOU.