Fear is like the Wizard of Oz

Fear is like the Wizard of Oz, projecting itself onto the screen, when in reality it is a small man behind the curtain. Don’t be afraid to move the curtain and expose the fear. Finding the blessing in the fear, is the opportunity to open your heart and mind to the idea of change and reinvention.

Sometimes we consciously choose to change. Other times we stumble upon ( notice the word stumble) an opportunity. Sometimes you trip over something and you catch yourself before the fall, hopping across the floor as you regain your balance. Other times you can trip over something that plants you face on the ground, and has you digging rocks off your skin. Either way there are still choices to make.

Change is an opportunity to reinvent yourself. This is where the stress really hits you fully in the face. Picture the scene in Jurassic Park when the dinosaur screams into the characters face and you can see the hair being blown back by the sheer force of the scream – that is the fear that you feel when presented with the opportunity to reinvent yourself.

The classic opportunities for reinvention tend to come from two things. With a heartbreak such as; losing a job, ending a relationship, the death of a close friend or family member. The classic “good but scary” opportunities for reinvention are; you go away to college, you move to a new town with a new job, you get the really big promotion such as those COO, SEO, CFO types of promotions or the best of all, you decide to be an entrepreneur and your own boss. You fill in the blank that is closest to your life today.

Bringing an idea to life is hard work. You can expect it to cost you more personally, financially, and maybe even reputationally than you thought it would. There are sleepless nights. You become a master of second guessing your choice to make this move.

But like the early explorers in Mexico to truly re-invent yourself you need to burn the boats. Take away the lifeline and go all out for what you are passionate about. Follow your bliss. Look at what is working and not working. What you love to do and hate to do. The key is to get immersed in what you are passionate about and hire help for the rest.

Ways to make it easier: Surround yourself with people who love to learn, share and build. Join or create a mastermind group with people who are putting their ideas into action. Seek out those in your community who solve problems and ask for suggestions. Create that special group of people who will be your cheerleaders, helping you to remain positive and take the risks that need to be taken, instead of holding yourself back.

And remember the three most important words in your fear busting vocabulary: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

More Important Than Fear

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear” – James Neil Hollingworth

I think that “something else is more important” is a tool that I use in my life. It is what has been getting my body out of bed one hour earlier to excercise. Not because I “really” want to, but because if I can’t do this simple thing, then how will I be able to accomplish everything that I want?

I think that this is where the “your why should make you cry” comes into place. It is where all of the obstacles sort of fade away because you are so focused that you don’t see them; fear doesn’t even have a chance to enter into your framework. You are totally in the zone.

I don’t stay in this place 24/7. It is so intense I think that I would burn out. But I do visit it often.

Change Fear

“The key to change . . . is to let go of fear” Rosanne Cash

Whenever your mind shows resistence, look underneath to find the fear.When you look beyond the excuse and uncover the fear, you have to find a way to figure out how to remove the excuse  and face the fear, because it means that your subconscious has already recognized that this choice will grow you and change you – that is what it really fears and that is why you have to do it. So that you can grow and change!


“One can choose to go back toward safety or forward toward growth. Growth must be chosen again and again; fear must be overcome again and again.” – Abraham Maslow

To be alive, nature shows us that we must grow. To grow we need to face our fears. With each new shoot of growth we have, we reach out toward the unknown. If we let our fears rule, instead of a glorious life of ups & downs, we have an wasted existence.

Facing Fear

“You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your
mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the
mind.” – Dale Carnegie.

I remember when they started requiring self serve at the gas station, I was scared to pump my own gas, once I did it, I thought how stupid to have that fear – they are really all like that. When you face your fear you wonder why you ever had it!


As young children we create monsters in our minds that live under the bed. As adults those monsters of fear of rejection, fear of failure, or fear of pain keep us awake and paralyzed from living our lives. Amaze yourself and all those you know today by ignoring the fear and doing it anyway. The worst that can happen is that Edison you learn one more way not to make a lightbulb.