Here’s a motivational short story to inspire you to overcome fear – so you can bravely go about your day with courage to do hard things.
If you want to live a life you love, you must develop mental toughness and confidence.
For many reasons, fear should be re-named “inter-fear”
After all, fear is constantly interfering with you getting what you want in life.
Fear can sneak into your day in numerous ways – creating problems which block happiness and success.
Or as I like to say:
Note: This short story on overcoming fear is excerpted from my bestselling and Oprah recommended book, “How To Be Happy Dammit.”
There once was this criminal who had committed a crime
(Because, hey, that’s what criminals do. That’s their job!)
Anyway, he was sent to the king for his punishment.
The king told him he had a choice of two punishments.
He could be hung by a rope.
Or take what’s behind the big, dark, scary, mysterious iron door.
The criminal quickly decided on the rope.
As the noose was being slipped on him, he turned to the king and asked:
“By the way, out of curiosity, what’s behind that door?”
The king laughed and said:
“You know, it’s funny, I offer everyone the same choice, and nearly everyone picks the rope.”
“So,” said the criminal, “Tell me. What’s behind the door? I mean, obviously, I won’t tell anyone,” he said, pointing to the noose around his neck.
The king paused then answered:
“Freedom, but it seems most people are so afraid of the unknown that they immediately take the rope.”
It offers a powerful reminder about the dangers of clinging to the familiar.
Yes, unfortunately, too many of us live our lives choosing the familiarity of our rope (aka: familiar pain, familiar struggle, familiar patterns).
But if you want to live your best life, you must embrace the freedom of picking new choices for being and doing.
After all, it’s these new choices which can open the door to your ultimate happiness.
Alan Watts, said it well when he said: “Our lives are one long effort to resist the unknown.”
We’re a planet full of folks walking around with metaphysical ropes around our necks, wondering why we feel a bit emotionally and spiritually dead to the world around us.
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