Monday, December 10, 2018
Recently I was reading from the book The Law of Success in Sixteen Lessons by Napoleon Hill. I had intended to read from the lesson on Concentration and instead I opened the book to a random page and came across this line: "A feeling of courage cannot claim the attention of the conscious mind while the feeling of fear is there. One or the other must dominate." I closed the book and held that thought for a moment. I went back to the idea in the quote that basically said "you cannot have courage and fear at the same time," …or, more importantly, you cannot hold them together long enough. Surely I have had both at the same time. What encouraged me was the idea that I have to try. I want to hold them both together. What is that feeling of courage and fear at the same time? There is a name for it: risk. I want to feel the feelings of risk. I want to be daring every day of my life. I want to try new experiences and boldly take on the world. I want my goal to be on the other side of a pit of alligators and bees as I swing across the vine and release into the glory of my win. That's what risk does. It increases the triumph. Do you want to take risks to strengthen courage? Do you want to get to know fear so well that you routinely beat it with the force of your convictions? Do you want to have butterflies in your stomach to step up to the platform and take the dive? As the saying goes, "Leap and the net will appear."