There is a prison that has an inmate population in the billions. It’s a prison without walls, without barbed wire, without guards and without any physical barrier.
But it’s the most effective prison in thr whole world. Few escape it, but those who do find real and lasting freedom. That prison is in our minds.
It is a prison that holds back our initiative, our talent, our ability to to express ourselves and most of all, it holds back the fulfillment of our full potential as human beings.
That prison is fear. Our lives today are controlled by fear more than we know. Fear controls the choices we make, out actions, our habits, and even our destinies. Fear has become one of the greatest threats to humanity in this day in its many forms.
Terrorism has become the pinnacle of fear worldwide. Recent events in the world have shown how fear can drive even those that are powerful to behave desperately and inhumanly. But the effect of fear in our personal lives is more damaging that any terrorist can ever hope to achieve.
Fear of life prevents most of us from living. Fear of life? Yes. Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.
The many faces of fear in its extremes fear in our personal lives causes anxiety and phobias. For people with such illnesses the prison of fear can seem like a death sentence.
Their lives may be totally controlled by fear making life totally unenjoyable and everyday tasks are a real struggle. Fortunately, this is not the most common manifestation of fear.
The far most destructive from of fear is one that we have come to accept because it is so common.
Whether your fears involve your relationship, career, death, or discomfort, staying inside your comfort zone will ensure you’ll live a small life.
Fear can stop you from progressing.
There are those of you out there will brilliant ideas. What holds you back is fear. We all think about the statistics on how many will fail, or what our friends and family will think of us if you quit our jobs to pursue our dreams.
The fear of not being able to pay your bills, fear of getting fired, fear of starting over and fear of not having a job title all hold us back.
It is fear that keep most of us in jobs we do not enjoy and sometimes,that don’t even meet our financial needs.
The fear of taking risks in one that few people are able to overcome. Risk is the potential harm that may arise from some present process or from some future event.
Any every area of life risk-taking is a necessary thing. If you propose marriage to someone you have to be able take the risk that they may say no. If you are in a race you have to take the risk that you may lose miserably.
I have a nephew that enters marathons all over the state, where we live. Every marathon he enters, whether it’s running, swimming, biking he takes the risk of not winning. But he doesn’t quit because it causes him to keep trying. He doesn’t fear doing what he loves, he just keeps on going.
If you want to live life to the fullest you have to take the risk of failure. A quote by Dorthy Thompson said “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”
Fear will paralyze you if you don’t deal with it. It will absolutely stop you from living a life that you desire. Recognize it. Conquer it.
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.” – Eleanor Roosevelt-
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.