Are You Fighting the Wrong Enemy?

By: Monty J. Sharp

Are You Fighting the Wrong Enemy?
By Monty J. Sharp, Certified Comprehensive Coach
http://www.workteamcoaching.com

I read many articles weekly written by respected authors who give their impression of what holds people back from achieving success in life, business, whatever. The number one obstacle listed by most?

Fear.

Fear of failure. Fear of success. Fear of any or all of a dozen or more things - real or imagined. Fear, it would seem, is the enemy we must conquer in order to reach the "Promised Land" of our dreams and goals.

I respectfully disagree.

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer."

Everyone has fears - even the extraordinarily successful. In fact, fear can be a quite useful thing. Many times it keeps us from doing things that could prove harmful - or just downright stupid. So why then do some achieve their dreams while others do not? I believe the secret lies in knowing the right enemy to conquer.

You see, I do not believe that fear is the real enemy, but rather what fear produces in us - that is the real enemy we must conquer.

What does fear produce in us that becomes the enemy to our achievements and accomplishments?

-- A belief in the "fundamental lie". The fundamental lie is that false assumption, misunderstanding or inaccurate life formula that dictates many of our thoughts and actions and, therefore, results. Our fear screams to us, "What if you fail?" The fundamental lie whispers, "You will fail. There's no use in trying." Our actions are based on what we believe as truth in the moment.

-- Complacency. Quite simply stated, we settle for the mediocre. The status quo. It has been said that before any meaningful change can occur, we must become wholly dissatisfied with the status quo. Fear often produces in us a complacency that far outweighs our dissatisfaction with the status quo, so we settle for less.

-- "Paralysis by analysis". Our fear often produces an overwhelming need to "figure it all out", to get all of our "ducks in a row". Don't misunderstand me here, I'm not suggesting that there's something wrong with planning and weighing options. However, there's a vast different between strategic planning and in trying to work out every conceivable scenario that may occur. The former is followed by strategic action. The latter is followed by more analysis and ultimately, inaction, meaning," We're 'stuck'."

-- Hopelessness. The ultimate enemy that fear can produce in us is hopelessness. It is the felling that says, "There's no use." This is the enemy that most often deals the fatal blow to our dreams and aspirations. When you have hope, you have the power to act. When you are hopeless, you are powerless.

Are you fighting the wrong enemy? Stop trying to overcome your fear and look rather to what it may be producing in you. That is the real enemy.

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
- Sir Winston Leonard Spenser Churchill (1874-1965)
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