Courage is NOT the absence of fear - that's foolishness. EVERYONE is afraid - the difference between great achievement and succumbing to fear is courage: being afraid and doing it anyway. .
I do not think cultivating fearlessness is wise. Fear can be a valuable asset if you learn to listen to its council and then act according to your values and beliefs regardless. .
For example, I am afraid of dying without manifesting my vision. I see this fear as extremely positive. It motivates me to improve constantly, to be compassionate toward others, and to work diligently toward my goals. .
I fear making the same mistake twice - this makes me so much less likely to repeat costly errors. .
But I am also sometimes afraid of success - what it could mean to me and to others. And you know what? That is okay. I can be afraid and reach for success anyway. .
Rickson Gracie, one of the greatest MMA fighters ever, said in the movie CHOKE 'I am afraid of everything.' This fear kept him sharp. He feared and respected every opponent he faced and this led him to never be OVERconfident. Of course he was confident; of course he believed he could win. But he did not let those things make him weak for even an instant. .
What are you afraid of and is it helping move you toward your vision or away from it?
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