We like to put a face on our fears so that there’s someone to blame when we let our fears stop us from growing. It’s because we’re human. We like to put a face on everything. Personify it. Make it more like us. Because if it’s more like us then we can believe it and trust it.
So whose face do you put on your fears? Who’s face do you see when you hear fear telling you you’re not smart enough, good enough, talented enough? Is it a friend? Family member? Colleague?
Let me give you some advice as someone who is an expert at putting a face to fear: Don’t. Don’t give fear the power of being human. Don’t put those words in someone’s mouth. It’s very likely that no one is actually saying these things as they only exist in your head. Oh and if by some chance there is an actual human telling you you’re not smart enough, good enough, talented enough? It’s time to disassociate with that human. We make up enough stories about ourselves without having someone in our life confirming our fears. It’s hard. I get it. But they gotta go!
Your fears are as real and as limiting as you make them. Take a second today and breathe, shake it out, and move on. Don’t give fear a face.
Happy Wednesday, Friends!