Fear is one of the biggest enemies to success. Fear disguises itself in many shapes and forms. It’s slick and devious enough to keep you from achieving results without you even knowing it. It can keep you locked in a position to where you can’t move forward and reach that next level of progress.
To be a success you must take risk. This is where fear can take you and your future hostage, and usually for most people it happens in the beginning. When that vision of a bright future comes to the forefront of your mind, fear comes in right away and tells you it’s too risky, or if you do “this” then you may lose “that” if you fail. Fear likes to expose your failure before you even try to do anything! At this point, this is fear trying to shove you into a cage as you envision the outcome of your success.
Fear will lock you up and hold you hostage! But here is the good part… You have the key!
When you are taken hostage by fear, you can see the success from inside this cage by picturing the outcome. Fear wants you to torture yourself by keeping your vision in your imagination and not acting on the possible. Remember, you have the key and all you need to do is put the key in and open this cage. You can free yourself anytime you want! You just need to be willing to do it. Be willing to take the risk toward success.
If you have a fear of failure, a fear of being judged, or a fear of anything that is holding you back from your vision, then this is your time to realize that you hold the key to your future! Fear is just a mindset that needs to be dealt with by you. You have the ultimate control to free yourself from this bondage, now make things happen! Live to succeed, not to survive!
A framework is only as strong as the foundation it stands on. Having a strong foundation for your framework requires a combination of a sound mind and body. The mind and body together make up who you are as a whole person. What you feed your mind and body will either produce fruit or cause setbacks as you journey to succeed. Your framework to success needs to be solid enough to withstand anything that wants to tear it down like fear, criticism, bad habits, and anything that does not parallel your purpose.
To solidify your framework, you need to focus on the little things that will help build it up. There are these fundamental elements that develop and establish your attitude and help you with decisions and direction. These fundamental elements are your core values. These are important to have because they reflect who you are and help control your thoughts and actions in a positive way, especially when aligned with your purpose. Core values protect you and the vision you pursue. They keep you within the bounds of your path to success.
The mind and body need to be protected and this may require sacrifice. For some people it will have to be routine changes such as adding more physical activity to keep the body strong and healthy or reading more books to strengthen the mind through knowledge and understanding. It may require a diet change so your mind and body can get the right fuel so you can thrive physically and mentally. Environment change could be a possibility if the conditions you are surrounding yourself with are not conducive to your success. For example, the people you hang out with may be holding you back from progress or even pushing you further away from your goals. I am not encouraging you to ditch your family or friends, but you want to make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage and influence you to grow and succeed. This may mean you have to be more selective about who you spend your time with. Expose yourself to things and people who are relevant to your purpose and vision.
Make sure your foundation stays strong and balanced so you can perform at your highest levels of energy and mental sharpness. So, take heed to what you are putting in your mind and body. Is it relevant to your success, or will it hinder progress? Establish core values that will create the boundaries for you to thrive and succeed in while they block the outside noise.
Live to succeed, not survive!