1.22.2016

The Way To Fearlessness

One of the most important personality traits, for me, is the quality of fearlessness. I wouldn't call myself a completely fearless person because I'm far from it. But it's something on my mind lately to achieve. In fact, it's one of my 2016 goals in terms of personal growth.

Fearlessness means differently for different people. I want to share what it means for me:
It's about trying new things when I am so unsure about their turn-out.

It's about taking a risk when there's no certainty whether I'll pass it or not.

It's about willing to let go of things when they're no longer good for me but still means a lot.

It's about getting things done when failure seems inevitable.

It's about wishing and working for the things you want in life; no matter if they look utterly impossible to achieve.

It's simply about giving yourself room to evolve.

I have an irrational fear of time. It seems like it's always running out. Whether I am just starting something or being in the middle of something, the time just seems to be going away, wasted. It irritates me so much, makes me lose the attention span. I know almost everyone is afraid of the cruelties of time, but there must be a way of handling it and I am off to grasp it. So far, a proper schedule and sorting chores on stopwatch have helped a lot. But it still feels like a long way to go.

If you had asked about being fearless a little while ago, I would have laughed off, saying "I would rather be a chicken, it is just a huge responsibility to keep fighting off fear, like, ugh."! It's just not the case anymore. It's going to be my last teenage year (19th birthday in August, what even?) and the real world awaits ahead. If there's one thing I have learned in past years for personal growth, it is to rely on your own capabilities. It's where it contrasts with being fearless; be able to get things done on your own, no matter if they scare the hell out of you, so you wouldn't have to ask for it. The best strategy I've figured out is to work your way through the maze of fear. It will eventually fade out. But of course, it's not the easiest way.

"If you're going through hell, keep going." - Winston Churchill

It's a constant work in progress. There aren't only psychological fears, but physical fears as well. I am trying to overcome the fear of heights and deep waters. It's strange how my love for the ocean is infinite, but going for underwater adventures still doesn't seem like a good idea.

These are some fears I need to overcome. And I will. Though it feels great to talk about them - it lessens the paralyzing fright they impose.

Is there anything you're struggling right now? How do you overcome your fears?

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