How a man views fear will shape his life, his love, and his legacy. From a young age we’re taught to use fear as a gage. If something scares us, we are to stay away from it. If something is safe, we gravitate towards it. We’re taught that fear as a mechanism to keep us safe, to fear strangers, crossing the highway, big animals, new situations, and risk.
We’re taught to use fear to stay safe, unhurt, and alive, by our parents, who were taught to do so by their parents, who were taught to use fear by their parents, and so on, all the way back to the days when you always had to be on the lookout for predators, and your only defense was your mind, your spear, and your fear.
Fear has kept us alive. It’s prevented us from getting kidnapped, hit by a car, and lost at the supermarket. It has also kept us from living. How we view fear has prevented us from taking the risks that, deep down, we’d love to take. It has kept us small and insignificant. It’s kept us cowardly, not courageous.
Fear, however, isn’t the enemy. It’s how we perceive fear that will impact who we are, how we impact the world in which we live, and what we accomplish in our limited time on this planet.
Every person on the planet can be placed into two categories; the warrior and the coward. The divide isn’t an even one. The coward dramatically out-populates the warrior, but the impact that the warrior has on his peers, and the rest of the people on the planet, is far, far greater than that of the coward.
The primary difference between the two people, is how they perceive fear. The coward uses fear as a gage, while the warrior uses fear as a compass. Whatever he fears most, the warrior gravitates towards, knowing that within his deepest fears lies success, happiness, and adventure.
The kind of person you are, the father you’re going to become, the legacy you lead, and every other facet of your life is dependent on how you view fear. Are you a coward, or are you a warrior? Odds are, you’re a coward. It’s sad to say it, but it’s the reality. It doesn’t, however, have to be your reality.
If you are a coward, it’s not entirely your fault. You’ve had a worldview thrust upon you from a young age. This worldview, though, can be changed. Your perception of fear can evolve. You can become a warrior. You can forge a new destiny. You will leave an incredible legacy.
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