Facing the Fear

Fear is the number one obstacle and barrier to all success. Often we are fooled into thinking that top performers are people who feel no fear. The reality is that champions feel the fear and perform in spite of it.

Shortly after losing my sight, I faced a fear that I had never before imagined. The only way to avoid everything that I was afraid of was to move into a little 9-by-12-foot room in the back of my house. This small room became my entire world.

Finally, one day in frustration I realized that all of the things I was afraid of outside of my room could not be any worse than spending the rest of my life in a 9-by-12-foot room. I decided to venture out as far as the mailbox at the end of my driveway.

The first time I stepped out of my house as a blind person and walked to my mailbox I was barely moving and scared stiff. The five hundredth time I stepped out of my house and walked the length of my driveway, I didn't even think about being nervous. I just went to the mailbox and came back to the house.

I could just as easily have stumbled on the five hundredth trip as I could have on the first, but by the time I'd made five hundred trips, I also knew that if I tripped over something, I could get up, dust myself off, and still get myself to the end of the driveway and back to the house.

Nothing about the driveway or the potential hazards had changed. I had changed. And that's the way it is with any success.

The problems and obstacles and challenges may not be any different. They may be bigger. But you and your ability to take on that challenge have grown even greater proportionally. You are better able to take the next step, and in that lies all the difference in the world.

Everyone feels the fear. Champions face the fear and live their destiny.

Today is the day!


Jim Stovall has been a national champion Olympic weightlifter, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of the best selling book, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin. Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, “Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era.” For his work in making television acc...

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