Is The Fear That Holds You Back Really Selfishness in Disguise?

You are afraid of what they might think.

Afraid of what they might say.

Afraid of what they might do.

And so the relationship is never challenged. But it may never be saved either.

The distrust and anger may escalate. Or the misunderstanding may be resolved.

You never know what is possible if you don’t do
what you’re most afraid to do.
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What if you never tell the story you were born to tell?

What if you never save the soul that only you can reach?

What if you never live the life you came here to live?

You rob us of your artistry.  You steal from us the love that you alone can give.  And you strip your soul of the potential to be all that you were meant to be.

A life poorly lived is the greatest human tragedy, for when any one of our lives is squandered, we are all impoverished.


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  • Awesome post!! Tweeting your great thought.

    • I saw your tweet last night, Jeanine! I’m so grateful for your support and spreading it through Twitter! Thank you again.

  • Deone Higgs

    I loved your insights on this, Steve. I think many times we fail to do things that could potentially change our lives, and we do not do them because we do not consider the other lives we can impact, just by dropping our fears by the way side. As you so beautifully stated here, “A life poorly lived is the greatest human tragedy, for when any one of our lives is squandered, we are all impoverished.” Loved that! Thanks for sharing your insights with us.

    • That’s a great point, Deone! It’s hard to remember that each of us touch others throughout our lives. Thanks for the positive comment on that quote. I’m glad it resonated. I might make it into an image to post on FB, etc.

  • Hi Steve

    I think you are absolutely right. Sometimes I think nobody wants to listen to what I have to say, but then I realize that this is self-doubt about what I know. Others with little influence on the rest of the world has said a few things that has changed how I felt, so why wouldn’t I have something that could make a difference to someone else.
    But sometimes I feel that our little bleep on the screen of life is just the beginning of who we are really meant to be. Maybe in our wildest dreams we could never imagine what is really our true calling and maybe we should just hurry up and get on board and do what we were meant to do!
    Yeah maybe courage is what we really need.


    • I can empatize, Mary. How we view ourselves really does impact the influence we can have in the world.

      I think you’re absolutely right. If we spent all the time and energy that we do trying to find our “purpose” and “passion” and instead, just started being courageous, imagine what could happen! 🙂

      So grateful you stopped by the blog today!

  • Interesting Steve,

    Yes indeed, sometimes we often have uncalled for fears of things that might not really exist in the real sense, yet we fear them. And those thoughts compel us to think negatively and keep haring our inner-self. I guess what really matters is that we realize that such thoughts do us no good and make an effort to gather ourselves, and turn our negatives to positives by fighting those fears.

    Thanks for sharing, and nice to be back. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Harleena. It’s so good to reconnect. I’ve been out of “the loop” recently.

      You make a good point about the things we fear turning into negative thoughts that create a self-fulfilling prophecy and downward spiral.

      Taking action in the face of those fears is a powerful way to drain their power. 🙂

  • Adrienne

    Oh wow Steve, that’s powerful.

    I have so many friends that have so much potential and they are afraid to take those steps that will take them further in life. They aren’t being everything they can because they are afraid of the unknown. What a shame because like you said, they could actually save someone else by taking that one step forward.

    Powerful message.


    • Thanks so much, Adrienne.

      I can empathize with your friends. I have once been in their place. I’ve often been told I have so much potential…I have even seen tears in the eyes of people who can see it better than I can.

      I am finally realizing that the power I possess as a spiritual teacher and the important impact I have to make is more important than the fears that my insecurities harbor.

      I appreciate your kind words and encouragement more than you know.