How to Overcome Fear

Overcoming fear is hard. It starts welling up from inside the pit of your stomach. The fear that you won’t ever accomplish the things you want to. The fear your kids won’t make it past five years old. The fear that you won’t ever get to where you want to be. The fear that you don’t have enough money to put supper on the table. The fear breeds more fear until all you have are little fear monsters rushing through your body, flooding your brain into one giant mass of fear and nothing else.

You tell yourself it is irrational, this fear is. You tell yourself that you can do anything, that you can achieve anything you set your mind to, that you’ve got what it takes to overcome fear. Maybe you can. But what if you can’t?

It’s like the movie The Replacements when the football team is talking about fears.

The quarterback – “Quicksand. You’re playing and you think everything is going fine. Then one thing goes wrong. And then another. And another. You try to fight back, but the harder you fight, the deeper you sink. Until you can’t move…you can’t breathe…because you’re in over your head. Like quicksand.”

Let’s talk about fear, okay? Tighten your cinch, give your hat brim a tug and ride right into that hard west wind of it, because that’s the only way to overcome fear.

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