Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Are you willing to take risks to move forward?

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"Art is an adventure into an unknown world, which can be explored only by those willing to take risks."
~Mark Rothko

I must have taken my own article a couple of weeks ago on passing the Terror Barrier to heart, because last night I had a dream where I had to pass such a challenge. 

From what little I remember in my dream, I was rock climbing on some cliff and suddenly got paralyzed in fear to move forward. I was in a secure position but was afraid that if I advanced I might fall. But what would happen if I didn't move? I'd stay on the same rock forever; or if I moved backward I may end up slipping and falling. In the dream I acknowledged that I had reached my terror barrier and just needed to keep going. So that's what I did.

What we often don't realize is Fear continues to appear in our lives as long as we are growing and taking risks. As we explore new opportunities “into an unknown world,” we will always be faced with new challenges or obstacles. Placing ourselves in positions outside our comfort zone can create fear; but these can also create wonderful opportunities for growth.

Take a look at your own life. If you are going through life without fear, it means you’re not sufficiently driving yourself. Ask yourself, is your life full of adventure? Are you challenging yourself constantly? Are you willing to take risks or is your life too safe?

In my case, I used to fear public speaking to the point that my whole body would sweat and I’d lose concentration during any presentation. I also greatly feared flying in planes, even though I've traveled all over the world.
But I did it anyway! Every once in a while the fear continues to creep up, but I know it's just me hitting my terror barrier. The challenge is to keep going even though I am afraid.

Someone once told me that your biggest fears might just be what you are meant to overcome in life. In many cases, living with this fear blocks you from finding your purpose. Overcoming this fear and taking action may unlock greatness and potential you never thought possible!
When I look at my own life, I know this is true! My fears of public speaking and flying had unknowingly been restraining me from carrying out part of my Masterpiece Purpose and succeeding! These experiences have each brought me wonderfully, enriching experiences. I now know never to allow the terror barrier to get in the way of my purpose and goals.

So, take a look at yourself. What action or "risk" do you have to take to move toward your goals? If you're coming up with excuses, procrastinating or even getting sick, then you know you're hitting your terror barrier. Remember it's just an imaginary wall, and with courage you can push passed it!

This article is derived from Ch. 7 on Overcoming Fears and Taking Risks from the success program Sculpt Your Life From Sketch to Masterpiece(TM). This e-book program presents 12 strategies for success and is designed to motivate you to increase your productivity, reach your goals and ultimately fulfill your purpose and lead a Masterpiece life!

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