My buddy Joey sent me this a while back and got value so know you will too…👇
A few years ago, a coworker told me a short story about a king, a criminal, fear, and freedom.
The story really left a long-lasting impression on me.
In fact, I visualize the door from the story in my mind almost every single day.
Let me pass the story on to you — it goes like this:
A criminal was caught committing a crime and brought before a 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.”
HOW TRUE! 💯
I don’t know about you, but I believe that it’s unreasonable to be completely fearless—
To reach a point in your life where you never, ever feel fear.
Life is too dynamic nowadays. 👊
Situations present themselves in a flash and leave you:
- Fearing how your trying will end in failure
- Fearing how you’re not good enough
- Fearing how your ego or reputation will be bruised
The good news is, like many emotions, I do believe fear has its lace…
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 call it the triple B strategy!)
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 public speaking, joining a fitness program, launching a business, learning a new skill in a group setting, starting a difficult conversation with a coworker, ending a relationship —
Whatever it is, remember that fear doesn’t have to confine you…
It can be the thing that frees you. 😱
If you value freedom as much as I do, give my strategy a shot and let me know if it helps you out!
Here’s to turning fears into freedom this year,