Triumph over Fear

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” – Nelson Mandela

It is perfectly normal to be afraid on occasion. It is a powerful emotion that has kept us alive through the ages when the going has gotten rough. Fear need not paralyze you, however.

Fear can temporarily heighten your senses, but held unrelieved over time it can eat you up. The key to managing fear is knowing when its useful life has passed. When you develop the ability to perceive this watershed in the sequence of your reactions to the world around you, you’ll find that you can apply yourself resolutely to the separate and necessary matter of triumphing over it.

I’ve learned over time that the strong do indeed survive in this frightful world, but perhaps more important, the courageous overcome triumphantly.

5 thoughts on “Triumph over Fear

  • At least as it relates to physical fear, there is a lot to be said for stress training where you simulate the fear response and then learn to overcome it as quickly as possible. While you can never fully simulate how you feel when you are truly frightened, it is wise to do as much as possible so you have the best shot if something actually happens.
    For the general fear that is felt by some, I think the best thing is just to be a generally prepared person who is fulfilling their life purpose. Things do not always go as planned, but if you are doing things for the right reason, you can make peace in a way that is impossible for people whose actions do not have the necessary purposeful focus.

  • I read once that “action cures fear” and it seems that is most cases it is true. Certainly we note often where various fears keep people from becoming who they can become. And most of them interestingly enough are imaginary. For example, the fear of failure, or on the other side of the coin, fear of success.

    In sales, for example, a fear of rejection keeps many from being as successful as they could, and perhaps should be. And in all cases it is simply an imagined fear.

    Once I understood that most fears were simply my imagination I began the journey of working to eliminate them, not by overpowering them but by the process of gaining confidence in myself in whatever endeavor I entered into. Interestingly enough, all kinds of doors to life have opened up since that time because of that.

    • Thanks Chuck those are great words to know in respect to fear and the consideration of Gregg’s words today. I appreciate your experience of living.

  • This is one of my parents favorite Shakespere quotes; “Cowards die a thousand deaths. The valiant taste of death but once.” Through the years I’ve had the experience of looking back on what truly frightened me and realized that the vast majority of it was unnecessary. I have had the experience to be extremely frightened and found that it can be met with the attitude of trust in the power of love. It didn’t always stop bad things from happening but I was able to think more clearly and do the best in the circumstance. We never know how much evil we do actually mitigate when we act in the spirit of love, but I believe it is always the wisest course of action.

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