In today's blog post, I want to talk about a topic that is deeply personal and relevant to me: fear. We all experience fear in different forms and at various points in our lives. Today, I find myself facing one of my biggest fears as I prepare to speak in front of a group of people about the book "The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth" by John C. Maxwell. The fear of not being knowledgeable enough and looking foolish in front of others can be paralyzing.
I can't help but recall an experience where I had to give a speech at the Non-commissioned Officers Academy. I felt completely unprepared, as the topic was a country I had never heard of before. With limited time for research, I found myself standing in front of an audience, struggling to string together coherent sentences. It was a humbling experience, to say the least.
But in moments like these, I find solace in quotes that inspire and remind us of the potential that lies beyond our fear. One particular quote that has been running through my mind is by George Addair: "Everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear." This quote fuels my courage, allowing me to confront my anxieties head-on and push through the barriers that hold me back.
As an entrepreneur, there are moments when I question if this path is truly meant for me. Dealing with challenges and issues with participants can be discouraging at times. However, I've had moments of self-awareness that have helped me gain perspective. I've realized that I haven't always given my business my complete and fullest attention, and growing a business requires patience.
Just as we plant a seed and wait patiently for it to sprout, I've come to understand that the process of personal and professional growth takes time. Today, a close friend referred to my current journey as a breakthrough in the making, assuring me that I'm nearing a personal breakthrough of my own. These words resonated deeply, reminding me to stay patient and trust the process.
Facing our fears requires courage, but it is through these challenges that we discover our true potential. So, let us embrace our fears, learn from our experiences, and remember that everything we've ever wanted awaits us on the other side of fear.
The photo is of a weed that has broken through the most challenging of situations: hot sun, lack of water, and non-fertile soil but this weed has broken down those challenges and found a way to live. This is what I am facing personally right now as I fight the challenges of business ownership and public speaking.