Freedom, Fear, or Knowledge. What’s Really Stopping You?

So many, so busy, spouting unintended cruelty with their words.

So many, so busy, tearing down others so that they can look bigger.

How can we fight such unnecessary cruelty?

 

Is there any value to uncovering the fears that plague you?

Is there any value to paying attention to your thoughts?

Is there any value to fighting your autopilot to learn something new?

Is there any value to uncovering and experiencing what freedom really means to you?

What should you really do?

 

Is there any real value of using your words to show others their untold worth?

Is there any real value of using your words to help others when they ask?

Is there any real value of using your words to build a stronger family?

Is there any real value to using your words to show others that their pain can be overcome?

What should you really do?

What’s really stopping you?

Freedom Fear and Knowledge

If you don’t step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

If you don’t knock on the door, the answer will always be “no”.

If you don’t go after it, you’ll never have it.

If your life is based on having, you’ll always want for more.

Freedom is being who you really are, and doing what you need to do.

The application of knowledge drives away fear and uncovers freedom.

 

Yet we are of one body with a leader we choose to follow.

We are of one body, each with our own unique skills and experiences.

We are of one body, each with our different strengths to see what can be of value.

We are of one body, each with our different strengths to see what can be done.

Yet, how can one body survive if we are not BOTH successful?

What is really stopping us?

 

We need to find our freedom to do what we do best.

We need to see our fears to find our courage.

We need to build our knowledge to fight our fears.

We need to use our words to help others to fight their fears.

We need to work together to build our strengths and value.

We need to listen to each other to understand the value that others do see.

We need to work together to build our strengths and value.

Together, we are stronger.

What’s really stopping us?

 

Is it not-valuing our freedom?

Is it not-building our knowledge?

Is it fear?

Or, have we just stopped caring?

What’s really stopping us?

Should we fight the fear of failure head on? There’s a better way.

Twist the fear of failure into a pretzel of caring

The fear of failure can knot us into stagnation.
Twist the fear of failure into a pretzel of caring
sprinkled with our own flavorful uniqueness.

Let’s take a look at John’s fear of failure.

“I joined Toastmasters because it’s a great place to learn public speaking.” That’s what John told me when I met him. This was his third Toastmaster’s meeting. I should have been more curious because he was about to truly amaze me.

I responded, “My boss was nice. He gave me the choice of joining Toastmasters, join Toastmasters or get laid off.”

John laughed.

The president of the club started the meeting and we took out seats.

The president introduced the first speaker. He walked to the front of the classroom and gave an interesting speech about learning how to scuba dive. He even brought all of his scuba gear in. He entertained us with amazing pictures of fish and coral as he explained what all the gear was and how he learned to use it.

The second speaker engaged us with great tips on how to save money for retirement.

Both speakers were very entertaining.

Then came the portion of the meeting that I will never, ever forget – impromptu speaking. That’s when the audience get’s asked an impromptu question. Then they have to walk to the front of the room and answer the question in two to three minutes.

Today’s question was, “If snow had a flavor, what flavor would it be?”

We had answers like snow reminds me of my childhood. It tastes like good memories, strawberries, and even planter’s punch.

John walked slowly up to the front of the room. We laughed when he told us to not eat the snow because it was yellow. But, he didn’t stop there. And, we didn’t stop laughing.

Fast forward many months and after John had delivered seven great speeches.

We wondered why John had joined Toastmasters. What we didn’t know was that John was terrified of public speaking – enough so that he had blacked out when he gave the answer about what snow tasted like. John didn’t even remember his answer. A pity, because he won for best answer.

As John put it. “When I tried to fight my fears head on, I couldn’t get out of my seat. So, I had a choice. I could sit in my seat and be terrified, I could have just sat in my seat and never discover my sense of humor. Instead, I looked away from my fears and to how much I cared. Then, with time and the help of my friends in Toastmasters, I overcame my fears.”

John amazed me. And, he taught me a great lesson about not letting my fear stop me. He taught me that the reason that I fear is because I care about it. He taught me that when we conquer our fears, we will always have a great message that will help to inspire others.

What’s even better is that all of us have unique stories of overcoming our fears because of our unique skills and experiences.

Thank you John.

The fear of failure can knot us into stagnation.
Twist the fear of failure into a pretzel of caring
sprinkled with our own flavorful uniqueness.

“Together, we are stronger.”