The Power of Fear
By Terri L Cady
“Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” Will Smith, After Earth
We all know the feeling of being afraid. First your heart begins to race; your breathing becomes labored and heavy, while feelings of dread wash over you preparing for the worst. Of all our emotions fear is the most potent one of them. It controls the steps we take, keeps us from making changes in our life, while keeping us locked in a perpetual cycle of being stuck, unable to move to the next phase in life.
Stephen King is one of the most famous horror/ suspense writers. As of today he has sold over 350 million novels, many which have been adapted into films and miniseries, and continues to write of some the best frightening novels of all times. In1973, However King’s fear of not being good enough almost stopped him from becoming who he is today. King had thrown an early draft of the novel into the trash after becoming discouraged with his progress writing about a teenage girl with psychic powers. His wife retrieved the manuscript and encouraged him to finish it. Stephen King’s first novel Carrie was accepted by publishing house Doubleday. What if that manuscript never would have been completed? What if King’s fear kept him from achieving greatness? The world would have never experienced his true gift of writing. One of my favorite quotes is found in King’s novel Different Seasons that states, “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.” This statement spoke volumes to me. It is Ok to be afraid, but we cannot let fear rule our lives. Fear puts walls around people, and shackles us down by thinking we cannot change our lives. Whether it be the fear of the economy or stepping out of our comfort zone many people remain in relationships and jobs not suited for their personality. Waking up in the morning is more like a sentence than a blessing. The key to breaking free is hope. We do not have to let fear rule our lives, stifle our dreams, or keep us prisoners of negativity or mediocrity.
Change can be very fear-provoking, but rewarding as well. Taking that first step towards change, taking the leap of faith and replacing the power of fear with hope, can open so many opportunities. Here at HHH we will take that first step with you on your journey to the next chapter of your story. Talking to a therapist can help one explore ways to reach your true potential and overcome fear once and for all.
So let’s take that first step together. Contact Healing Hidden Hurts at 888.349.1116 to schedule an appointment today.