On the Other Side of Fear

"God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror." - Will Smith Tweet this

Childbirth is terrifying, but most of us make it through it with a beautiful babe who we love. And, importantly, would go back and do it again. 

Once you are pregnant, you don't really have a choice as to whether or not you will face childbirth, but it highlights the benefits of facing your fears nonetheless.

If you are a regular visitor to the internet, you have probably seen this video of Will Smith talking bout his experience skydiving and how all of the good stuff in life lives on the other side of fear. If you haven't seen it, I encourage you to take 3:28 minutes out of your busy day to view. The message is important.

Many will tell you that all people experience fear, the trick is to figure out how to burst through fear to get to the good stuff on the other side. 

"Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear." - Mark Twain Tweet this

How do you begin to master your fears? Here are 3 excellent TED talks to help you get started:

Reprogramming your brain to overcome fear with Olympia LePoint

Rethinking anxiety: Learning to face fear with Dawn Huebner 

Turning Fear Into Fuel with Jonathan Fields

And I'm sure you have heard this catchy advice before: "Do one thing every day that scares you." —Mary Schmich Tweet this (often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, may or may not be inspired by above actual quote). There may be something to this. Check out how this then SVA student took this advice to heart and spent 100 inspiring days documenting herself facing 100 of her fears: 100 Days Without Fear.

It seems that it doesn't much matter how you face your fears, but more so that you take action to do so.

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie Tweet this

Might these be lessons to teach those beautiful babes? 

Finally, I leave you with a beautiful insta-poem about strength x fear: