Fearless. Courage.

Walk through fear is the key to success at anything.  I’ve always been fearless, or so I thought. And as long as I had a drink or a drug in my hand, that was true. Chemicals gave me the courage to do the impossible, such a talk to people, feel my feelings, ask for what I needed, take what I wanted, be friendly and sociable, speak up in a group, or simply function in the big scary world.
However, when my chemical support was removed, my courage disappeared. I felt helpless, unprotected, and unable to cope. It’s amazing how easy it is to be strong when you’ve got drugs in your system. At other times, it was the power of a group that made me able to do the seemingly impossible. Sadly, I also did things in groups that I would never have done alone.
Courage is a powerful state of being, and when used for good, it is an empowering consciousness to behold. I used to think courage was an absence of fear. I held my chest out pompously and claimed to be afraid of nothing. Today I know courage is a willingness to admit I’m afraid and then take the action to get through the fear, without the aid of chemicals and without purposefully hurting anyone along the way.

Walk Through Fear is the Antidote to Fear.

Why is fear so powerful? Because we deny its existence. We pretend we’re not afraid, even when we are. It’s the only emotion that convinces us that we don’t have the emotion. So the more we deny it, the more powerful it becomes.

Fear shows up in many ways.

In Alcoholics Anonymous, the Big Book, we read that fear reveals itself in one hundred different self-centered forms. So how do we recognize it? Here’s a short list of phrases we use at substations for the word fear:

  • I’m nervous.
  • I’m embarrassed.
  • I can’t do it.
  • It’s too hard.
  • I really didn’t want to do it anyway.
  • I was told I did not have to do it.

Regardless of what we call it, fear, by any other name, is still fear. So how do we walk through fear?

  • Acknowledge the fear.
  • Break the task into small pieces.
  • Feel the fear and do something away.
  • Use your faith. If you don’t have faith, find a friend who will encourage you to take action.

Today I invite you to walk through something you’re afraid to do.
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