I received this message/story last week from my business partner and founder of Fit Body Bedros Keuilian. It really resonated so wanted to share with you as I know you will get value..
A criminal was caught committing a crime and was brought before the king for sentencing.
The king told him to choose between two punishments:
- Hanging by rope OR
- Taking whatever was behind an ominous, mysterious ironclad door
Without hesitation, the criminal chose the rope.
The king, not shocked, mumbled “everybody chooses the rope” while he ordered to have a noose put around the criminal’s neck.
Seeing the king’s reaction, the criminal asked:
“So… out of curiosity, what’s behind the door?”
The king paused then said:
“Freedom — but everybody is so fearful of the unknown that they immediately choose the rope.”
Fear of the unknown is self-imprisonment.
So many people are afraid of failing or having their ego or reputation hurt that they don’t play big enough to really win in life.
Most do enough to just get buy leaving so much more on the table.
The good news is, like many emotions, I do believe fear has its place…
AS A TOOL.
You just need a strategy to face it, so it doesn’t completely overwhelm you.
If it does, you’re paralyzed…
And you’ll most certainly “choose the rope”.
When I’m facing the fear of a limiting belief, big lift, or business risk, here’s how I prevent the overwhelm:
I breathe to create space between me and my fear.
Just a sliver of space — a moment of detachment — and, in that space..
I bring awareness to the gift (yes, I said gift) that this fear is presenting to me, such as:
- Increased brainpower to focus.
- Increased motivation to move.
- Increased opportunity to grow.
And then comes the hard part:
I barrel towards the fear.
For you, it could be working out, tracking your food, public speaking, leadership, learning a new skill, starting a difficult conversation you’ve been putting off, ending a relationship —
Whatever it is, remember that fear doesn’t have to confine you…
It can be the thing that frees you and brings even more fulfillment to your life.
Love and respect,
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