The Hidden Truth About Fear

"He has not learned the lesson of life
who does not everyday surmount a fear."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear can be a powerful negative force in your life. It can limit and control you and stop you from any kind of growth, while at the same time filtering out much of the joy you can experience.

How does fear stop you? It causes you to see only a negative result of anything you might want to try. It gives you a feeling of anxiety that churns in your stomach at the mere mention of trying something new.

Identifying your fear is the first step in mastering it! Awareness of a fear takes it out of the shadows and bring it into the light. It allows you to see it for what it is: a controlling filter that only lets you see what the fear wants you to see! It hides reality in a shroud so you can't see what you're missing!

Once an unhealthy fear is identified, you need to find a motivating force and the strength to overcome it. Knowing you are never alone in any situation, that you have a power greater than yourself to rely on and make you strong, can give you the strength to push through it.

Having faith and finding a support group, family member or life coach who can relate to your situation and be there for you when you're feeling unsure, will help you plow through it.

And once you are on the other side, you will be amazed at how easy it actually was! All fear is tissue-paper thin! One confident step forward causes it to crumble.

Remember, fear only exists between your ears!

Be brave, allow yourself to be challenged. Be true to yourself and to your inner voice!

(based on "Chasing the Shark: A Journey from Fear to Freedom,"
copyright Giant Strides LLC 2010; all rights reserved)

Ride the Magic Carpet!

How would you like to be able to create a life you love? How would you begin to change your current situation into something better?

The answer lies in the application of what I like to call, "Mind Magic." Mind Magic is the innate ablility we all have to put our thoughts into action and bring about positive change.

When you are seemingly surrounded by negative thoughts and situations, pulling yourself up and out seems like a herculean task! One you might not want to consider without the help of a nearby army!

But, fear not! YOU are the army! You are fully equipped to start, step by step, to improve your current situation. How do you do that, you ask? You do it by focusing on what you want rather than on what you currently have.

Sounds confusing? It really isn't. When you visualize something you want very much, and picture yourself accomplishing it or doing it, you tap into the universal power of the Law of Attraction! This incredibly powerful law is ready for your command!

All you have to do is sit in the cockpit of your mind, adjust your focus goggles to see what you want to see, AIM at what you want, and let the magic carpet do the rest!

Once your mind is pointed in the right direction, your thoughts change, one by one, and your physical state improves to match your heading.

The secret is, your mind can be a magic carpet to your desires. All you have to do is believe in yourself!

The Choice is Yours! Fear or Freedom!

Fear in all its different phases of expression, such as worry, anxiety, anger, jealousy and timidity, is the greatest enemy of the human race. It has robbed mankind of more happiness and efficiency, has made more people cowards, failures or forced them into mediocrety, than anything else.

You have the choice everyday! CHANGE YOUR THOUGHTS! CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

"There is a slave whose name is Fear,
A trembling, cringing thing:
There is a king whose name is Will,
And every inch a King." - Orison Swett Marden


The Magic of Today

"Spend some time focusing your thoughts of what's right with this day. Allow yourself to genuinely feel the goodness that is present right now." - Ralph Marston

We basically have three choices everyday on where to put our thoughts. We can put them either in the past, in the present or in the future. The decision we make, whether it's deliberate or by default, determines where we spend our energy because where our thoughts go, our energy flows.

Funny thing about the past, no matter how many times you rehash it, you can't change it! You can review some event, whether it's good or bad, but that's all you can do. No amount of wishful thinking will allow you to redo any of it.

The future can certainly be pondered. It can be feared or embraced, depending on what you feel lies ahead.

What you miss in all this is the present moment. Of all the days that have ever been and of all the days that have yet to be, today is the one you have now. Though it may not be perfect in all ways, it is here and it is the only one you can access right now.

This day is filled with precious moments ready to present themselves to you when your heart and mind are open to them. Live today's moments so they add value to your life. Feel the power you have as you live this day to the fullest!

One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is truly feeling a joyful moment and allowing the Universe to bring you more.