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Nihil Timendum Est [Fear Nothing]

With the pervasive presence of the media and the visceral quality of its imagery, we are all given the feeling that we are living in a world that is filled with danger. And even though we live in a world that is infinitely more safer and more predictable than our ancestors ever knew, our fears and anxieties have only increased.

Fear infects our attitude towards life. We shift from feeling fear because of some perceived threat, to having a fearful attitude towards life itself. We come to see almost every event in terms of risk. We exaggerate the dangers and our vulnerability.

And deep on the inside, fear takes hold of our personal being. We are fearful of what may happen. We experience a fear of failing, a fear of losing money, a fear of losing our job, a fear of abandonment, a fear of isolation, a fear of being wrong, a fear of looking stupid, a fear of death.

We are afraid of offending people, of stirring up conflict, of standing out from the crowd, of taking bold action. When we are fearful we shut down, close down, and stop seeing the other options. Our fears are, in effect, a prison that confines us within a limited range of thought, movement and action.

If there is one thing I have learnt over the past few years, it’s that the less you fear, the more power you have, and the more fully you will live.

So instead of seeing the worst that can happen, what if you chose to see the best possible outcome? If you shifted your thinking and way of being from fearful to fearless. Would that make a difference in the quality of your relationships, your job, your life? You bet.

2012 will be, for me, the year of nihil timendum est.

Nihil timendum est (latin) means “fear nothing”. FEAR NOTHING is going to be my theme for 2012 — on my blog, in my thoughts, and through my actions — and I invite you to make it yours too …

 

Image courtesy of Banksy – www.banksy.co.uk

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