The Unlimited Power of Facing Fears

How facing your fears gives you energy, faith and power

Jamie Jackson


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The good news. You can be whatever the fuck you want to be. Yes, I wrote fuck in the opening sentence, so it’s going to be one of those articles.

There are no limits to your potential (well, some limits, don’t start thinking you can fly or time travel). “No limits” is the cast-iron good news.

The bad news: Everything you want is on the other side of fear, discomfort and effort.

If you want a life less ordinary, if you want self-respect, if you want peace of mind, you’ve got to earn it.

Happiness comes at a price.

No one wants to hear this, I don’t even like to write it, but I can’t think of how this statement isn’t true.

I’m in my forties now and, apart from a few tragedies, I cannot think of anyone who hasn’t ended up with a life they don’t deserve, a life that hasn’t been created out of their behaviours, either running towards fear, discomfort and effort, or hiding away from them.

If you want the good stuff, you’ve got to be Andy Dufresne in Shawshank Redemption, willing to crawl through a sewer pipe of shit to get it.

This sounds very “Wake up and grind!” more than it actually is. I hate the word grind. Life shouldn’t be a grind, at least, it doesn’t have to be. Facing fear isn’t about “grinding”, it’s about meeting personal challenges head-on when they appear.

Life doesn’t get easier, you get harder by facing fear. That’s where the growth happens.

Look, I’m going to be frank. I’ve been immersed in personal development for nearly a decade; I’ve had therapy, I’ve hired performance coaches, I’ve gone to weekend seminars, I’ve read the books, I’ve said the affirmations, and almost all of it can be distilled down to this:

Face your fears.

It’s annoying because your fears are tailor-made to fuck with you. Whatever you’re afraid of is what you have to do.

But take heart, understand fear is a compass. Pay attention. Move towards it. It’s a sign you’re heading in the right direction. This is how you grow. It’s how you develop true…



Jamie Jackson

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