What It Means to Overcome Fear

Cape Fear by Gary Dee ~ Wikimedia Commons

Today I’m thinking about fear, and all the wondrous things it holds us back from. Since I’m kicking my own booty over the fear factor, I’ll be inclusive and kick yours too.

I’m a giver like that. 🙂

Awhile back, I bought a book by Marianne Williamson called “A Return To Love” after I watched this Super Soul Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Williamson says, “Enlightenment is the unlearning of fear.” I’d agree with that.

So often, we’re afraid to reach for “more” and it’s senseless. Truly, it makes no sense not to reach for the stars. It’s not like you being more will make someone else less. But we worry that it will…or that we won’t…or that we can’t…

I like the way Ms. Williamson puts it:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?

…Star in your own life. Be the most of who you can be. It will help lift up the others in your life to be the most that they can be.

In the interview below, she explains the difference between magic and miracles:

Magic is when you use your mind to tell the universe what you want. Miracles are when you ask the universe what it wants and how you can serve it.

Williamson’s message really hits home. I needed this reminder as I embark on some final drafts of my book before I start the beta reading and querying process. (Please let me know if any of you want in on that.

And the question I’ll add to the discussion:

Who do we think we are, not to stretch and grow and create with everything we’ve got dancing in our souls? Overcome that fear and reach for your dreams. You are the only person who can really make your dreams happen.

We wouldn’t have been given the yearning to create and shine if the words and ideas weren’t inside of us, waiting to be born. [Birth them, people! Birth them.]

Do you have a problem with fear? Is it fear of success, fear of failure, or both? Are you starring in your own life? Why or why not? Enquiring minds want to hear ALL about it down in the comments!


About Jenny Hansen

Avid seeker of "more"...More words, more creativity, More Cowbell! An extrovert who's terribly fond of silliness. Founding blogger at Writers In The Storm (http://writersinthestormblog.com). Write on!
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19 Responses to What It Means to Overcome Fear

  1. LauraDrake says:

    Just taught a workshop on fear – powerful stuff, that! I find that that fear only happens when I think about other people, and how my success (or failure) will effect how they look at me.

    Then I laugh when I realize that they’re so busy worrying the same about themselves, that they could give a ferret fart about mine!

    You GO Jenny – don’t let fear hold you back!

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  2. That was a big fuzzy hug on a Monday. Thanks!

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  3. CrizGazr says:

    Yes, it’s crazy. I was on the last three chapters and asked my husband “why am I slowing down?”
    He looked at me and smiled, “Because you are near the end.”
    I realized he was right and it was coming from a place of fear. Timely post I needed a cowbell up side my head!

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  4. Marie Trout says:

    Fear is a fact of life. I danced with it daily when my hubby was deathly ill and needed a liver transplant. Fear is inevitable – and I found that facing it without wanting to control the outcome was key. In order for my Walter to live, someone else had to die. You cannot pray for that. Ms. Williamson is a marvel, and I agree with her assessment of magic and miracles. Truly. Asking for the highest good, and doing everything possible within my own control was a lesson I learned the hard way, and that is with me every time fear taps me on the shoulder now and in the future.

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I agree that fear is a part of life – a rough part. I’m not nearly good enough at having the courage and faith to take the leap and ask for my miracles, but I’m working on it!

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  5. K.B. Owen says:

    This seems spot on to me! They call me “Anxiety Girl” – that’s my super power, LOL – and it’s a daily challenge for me to set aside fears and anxieties. And so I soldier on….

    Best of luck with your Nun story, Jenny! It’s going to be terrific. 😉

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  6. karenmcfarland says:

    Fear…My Dad always quoted Franklin D. Roosevelt from his inaugural address, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” All. The. Time. That’s all I heard as a child. Not to say that I haven’t any fear. I think that would be naive and a completely dishonest statement. What I’m dealing with right now is lack of energy. There is only one of me and only so much energy I can harvest. So no fear girlfriend. You’ve got this. I am certain your new book will be met with success. I am anxiously awaiting my copy…. 🙂

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  7. I’m a fan of all things metaphysical! I’d love to be a beta readers if you still need some. I’m more familiar with suspense and romance than WF but I ‘d do my best.

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  8. Jenny, I’ve always sensed a certain fearlessness in the bright star I’ve seen in you through the years we’ve been connected. Thanks for this inspiring post and good luck with your pitching and querying. Speaking of no fear … don’t be afraid to go indie. Good things can still happen … very good things … Onward!

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    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Awwwww…thanks, Patricia! And going indie did such wonderful things for you. You are totally my example of awesome in that category – you and Deb Holland. Different genres, similar journeys. 🙂

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  9. MichaelEdits says:

    Actually, being interviewed by Oprah would frighten me, and I know she’s not frightening at all. I guess that’ll put a cramp in my writing career. 🙂

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  10. Thank you for the encouragement! It helps to remember the overarching reasons to create art!


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