“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
So, what is your biggest fear?
In my lifetime I have been a king and I have ruled the world. And like every great king, I have fallen. I have had the world in the palm of my hands and I have watched it slip away as I desperately try to hold on to every last bit of hope I have left. So what is my biggest fear? I wake up, every morning, terrified that the last time I was a king…will be the last time I will ever be a king. I wake up, every morning, terrified that everything I have ever worked for will be taken from me because somebody out there wanted it more.
You see, fear is not an illusion. Fear is real and it wants to destroy you and send you to your grave with all your dreams. Everyone of us has this undeniable fear inside of us. But it’s that fear that pushes us to do be extraordinary. Because as real as it is, fear is the prerequisite for greatness. Because on the other side of fear is the person we are supposed to become. I may or may never be a king again, but I will not let my fear be the reason I look back at my life and have regrets. I will not let fear keep me from a national bodybuilding stage. I will not let fear be the reason that I fail my wife who has spent her entire life believing that I am remarkable. And I sure as hell will not let fear send me to my grave without my three kids giving me a Hero’s good bye.
We are all born believing in magic and at one point we all believed we could do the impossible. At one point we all sang in the shower and thought we were the fastest kid on earth. At one point in our lives we all believed that if we had our shot at Apollo, we could be the next Rocky. But somewhere along the line we changed and we stopped being us. Somehow we let our fears tell us we’re no good. And as time went by, that kid who believed in magic slowed down just a bit and stopped singing as loud. And fear convinced that kid that Apollo was untouchable. And when things got hard we forgot that we were created on purpose for a purpose.
We can’t live our days in fear. We can’t be afraid because the choices we make in life will outlast our years on this earth. Remember that on the other side of fear the person you are supposed to become and that kid who still believes in magic are both waiting for you. On the other side of fear is this great grandiose moment when you meet them both and you say… “I did it my way!”
So how do we face this fear that haunts us every waking minute of every day? With focus. We focus on that one thing that is more powerful than our deepest fear. That one thing that gives us even more sleepless nights than our fears do: our dreams. We focus on them and we starve our distractions by letting them consume us. We free our focus and do one core thing over and over and over until we become undeniable at it. And in doing so, the world will undoubtedly beat the shit out of us in one way or another. We will cry, we will bleed, and we will be pushed to the brink, but as long as we are alive we need to keep focusing on that one thing. We have to be willing to die for it. That is what creates this unbreakable confidence that allows us to look back at our fears and say, “I’ve got miles yet!”
If you were not afraid of fear what would you do?
“Maye I can’t win. Maybe the only thing I can do is take everything he’s got. But to beat me, he’s going to have to kill me. And to kill me, he’s going to have to have the heart to stand in front of me. And to do that, he’s got to be willing to die himself. I don’t think he’s ready to do that.”