In reality, though, what is there, really, to fear in our lives?
If you really stop to think about it, most of us live lives of considerable comfort and stability in Western society. Relative to our ancestors, we've never had it so good. Yet we seem to be more afraid than ever of doing great things, of being great men. We seem to live in perpetual fear of offending the wrong person, of saying the wrong thing, of somehow stepping outside of the norms that a sick and irrational society imposes upon us. Sure, we can live in fear of losing certain things in our lives- our jobs, our families, our communities, our positions in society, et cetera ad endless nauseam. But once you adopt a longer and larger (heh) view, you quickly come to realise that fear only has a hold of you if you let it.
Don't let it. Break the hold that fear has upon you. If you have a goal, but some irrational fear is holding you back, then do whatever it takes to destroy its grip upon you. You have very little, if anything, to lose- and everything to gain.
It doesn't actually take much to accomplish this. All you need is a goal, and the mind, the body, and the will to work toward it, no matter what the cost.
In recent weeks I managed to accomplish two major goals in the space of as many weeks, and in the days since, my self-confidence and self-belief have been sky-high:
- I hit 455lbs on my deadlift with nothing but a belt and chalk- without injuring my lower back, and
- I tested for, and achieved, my yellow belt in Krav Maga