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Last week we asked ourselves some challenging questions in order to discover what our true life purpose was, this week we learn how to face our fears, one of the biggest obstacles to pursuing our life purpose.

 

Step Four – Face Your Fears

 

I realised early on that by pursuing my passion of writing, I would have to face my fear of failure. As with any creative endeavour, writing is highly competitive. I started to think how hard it was to succeed as a writer and how many other experienced and talented writers there were out there. My fear of failure had made me question my ability. This experience taught me that our fears are directly proportionate to our passions. The more passionate we are, the more fear we will have to face.

 

I believe that courage is not defined by the absence of fear but by feeling it in all its terrifying power, and confronting it anyway. I’m still afraid that I will fall flat on my face but whenever fear has me in its grasp, I remind myself how passionate I am about writing. How it excites me when I see my words in print. How privileged I feel when I receive a blog comment from someone who my writing has touched.

 

Your fears may be different to mine. You may be afraid of success or the unknown. Trust me when I say that once you start pursuing your passions, your fears will make themselves known. And when they do remind yourself just how passionate you are. Remind yourself of the difference you want to make in the world. Write it down if you have to, but don’t ever forget it. These reminders will serve as shields to protect you from the harm your fears can cause.

 

When managing your fears being practical is also key. For example, I have avoided writing full time before it earns me a full time wage. I would recommend adopting a similar approach to ensure you build up your experience and therefore maximise your chances of success when you do make the jump.

 

When we finally discover our purpose in life we are both energised and inspired.  We are filled with excitement and happiness. Our motivation, determination and stamina soar. Most importantly, our life purpose inspires in us a sense of profound gratitude, fulfilment and fortune that we are able to use our gifts to help others – the most rewarding part of all.

 

So, what are you waiting for? Reclaim your passion and begin working towards your life purpose today!

 

What is your life purpose? What are your fears surrounding pursuing your purpose? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

 

Exercises:

 

  1. List your perceived biggest risks and your resultant fears if you were to pursue your life purpose
  2. Now list all the reasons why you want to pursue your purpose and all of the benefits that will come from doing so
  3. Keep your list of reasons and benefits for pursuing your purpose in your diary or somewhere visible to encourage and motivate you in times of self-doubt