What are you afraid of?
According to The Washington Post, these are some of the top fears among Americans…
But let’s not forget about public speaking! About which Jerry Seinfeld once quipped…
"According to most studies, people's number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."
As I’ve been reading through Robert Collier’s book, The Secret of The Ages, I was struck by how he defines fear.
He literally calls it “the Devil”:
"But fear—panic—knows no reason. It brings into being overnight the things that it fears. It is the greatest torment of humanity. It is about all there is to Hell. Fear is, in short, the devil. It causes most of the sin, disaster, disease and misery of the world. It is the only thing you can put into business which won’t draw dividends in either fun or dollars. If you guess right, you don’t get any satisfaction out of it…
"Fear is the Devil. It is the ravening lion roaming the earth seeking whom it may devour."
I’ve met a LOT of people doing amazing things over the last few decades. I’ve had the privilege of being in rooms with people who’ve had an unbelievable amount of success.
And if there’s ONE THING that separates them from the people who haven’t been successful, it’s fear… not that they’re not afraid…
But they understand that FEAR only has the power over them if they GIVE it power.
And they refuse to give it the power it desires.
Most of us think of fear as something separate from us. Something with power of its own. Something that can manipulate and control our actions without our say-so.
But fear is fickle.
Collier reminds us that the only power fear has is that which we give it.
"The only safety from it is to deny it. The only refuge is in the knowledge that it has no power other than the power you give to it."
Ask yourself: what is the fear that’s keeping you from reaching your goals?
Is it a fear of public speaking? Of leading others? Of failing? Of changing?
Remember what Shakespeare wrote: “There is nothing, either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
Or Mark Twain… “I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
Fear only has the power you give it.
So give it less power 🙂
- Russell Brunson
P.S. If you haven’t already dived into The Secret of The Ages for yourself, you’re MISSING OUT! We’re doing it for this month’s book club. Join the masterclass to get a sneak peak!