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Go Ahead – Take the First Step!

14 Feb

Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ~W. Clement Stone

W. Clement Stone was the proverbial rags to riches story. At 16 years old he began selling insurance and built a business that became a billion dollar company. He was also the founder of Success magazine and hired Og Mandino to be his publisher. In 1960 he co-authored a book with Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, about Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) entitled Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.

Fear can be one of the most paralyzing emotions known to mankind. It has been said that more people could survive airplane crashes, but fear keeps them frozen in their seats where they eventually die of smoke inhalation.

The fear that I am talking about is the fear conjured up in our minds that prevent us from taking action. Actions like: walking up to a stranger and introducing ourselves. Calling a stranger on the phone. Going to a party or networking event and carrying on simple conversations. Speaking our minds at community meetings. Sharing our ideas with co-workers and supervisors. These fears are only in the mind. They have no basis in fact, yet they prevent us from living the lives we deserve and dream about.

The best time to overpower a fear is right before you take action. Whatever it is you have to do or say you’ve already spent weeks worrying about, and making yourself miserable. Once you step through that fear you’ll find a calm that you never believed was there.

Will fear return? Probably. But once you know you can survive intact overpowering your fear you’ll be a bit more courageous the next time you face a fear, and the next.

Remember, you are much more powerful than you believe you are. You can do anything.

With love,

Michael

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