One of the ideas I really want to cover this week is what the heck even is fear?
Fear is the opposite of what? Think about it for a second…If I am not in fear I am… Brave, right? Maybe.
The truth is the opposite of fear is love. This is taught in “A Course in Miracles.” Do you know what else is the opposite of fear? Faith. Faith is the opposite of fear.
Fear and love cannot co-exist and love is infinitely more powerful than fear. Same with faith.
So how to apply this to daily life?
Ask yourself for some guidance here. Ask yourself, “Am I living in faith? Or in fear?” Me showing up to a class I’m teaching for which NO ONE signed up for was an act of faith. If nothing else, I show the Universe I am willing to teach and show up — bring me the students. The Universe will deliver — on her time, of course. But the second we don’t do something because we are afraid of how it will turn out — that’s not faith or love talking. That’s fear. If I had set up my class like, “Well, I don’t think anyone will sign up…” I may not have set the class up at all.
But I’m an entrepreneur. I take risks.
I thrive on taking chances. I thrive on staying in that “leap of faith” space. I love what I do so it’s not an issue. I have faith I’ll be fine and safe in all I do. So yeah, so what if a class doesn’t sell out — or at all? It’s a learning experience. It’s happening FOR us, not against us.
Fact is, we grow from taking chances and that takes faith. No one ever started anything great without taking a risk in some way. Anything new we start or try takes us out of the comfort zone and that requires us to have love and faith.
I’ve taken many leaps of faith over the summer of 2019. You’re listening to one of them! This summer, I quit a steady job, took up the gig economy, and threw myself head and shoulder first into making my business grow. I may not be buying a yacht yet — but I am hitting goals I made for myself and my business. And as September winds down, there are some goals I didn’t hit. But those things are lessons. Failing is where the growth comes in, so “failure” isn’t really a bad thing.
But you can only reach this understanding with a lot of faith and love…