“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”
– John Lennon
One of the keys to conscious creation is to view the world from an abundant mindset with the belief that you have already received that which you desire. In other words, you must see the world from your wish fulfilled, as you would if you already had it, instead of thinking of it, hoping to obtain it. As long as you hold on to negative emotions such as fear, anger, jealousy, sadness, anxiety, hurt, guilt, shame, etc., you cannot achieve this state.
When we’re afraid of not succeeding or realizing our dreams, we’re focused on the lack of having our desires, and we can never manifest what we want from this mindset. Fear is at the root of all negative emotions, so in order to manifest our desires, we must let go of our fears.
I recently read that we are born with only two fears: the fear of falling, and the fear of loud noises, the rest are learned. Since most fears are learned, if we can clear those fears and limiting beliefs at a young age, or stop them from ever forming, we’ll be that much closer to realizing our full potential, and living the life of our dreams early on.
“One who conquers fear cannot be conquered by anyone.”
– Matshona Dhliwayo
As parents, teachers, and mentors, you have the opportunity to encourage children to let go of their fears and embrace their passions. When you see that your child, student or young apprentice is hesitant to believe that they can achieve their goals, you can help them move past their fears by reminding them of how much they enjoy the object of their desire, and offer them support and encouragement to keep doing what they love.
Usain Bolt’s early success as a boy was overshadowed by his fear of losing. With his mother’s encouragement to “keep it light” and let his joyful personality shine through, Bolt overcame his fears, and ultimately became the fastest man in the world. Check out Gatorade’s animated short film of how “he learned to fly”:
“Behind your darkest fears lie your brightest rewards.”
– Matshona Dhliwayo
Thank you, thank you, thank you!