There can’t be an act of bravery unless fear has been a part of the equation. Life is a demonstration of that and oftentimes, getting to where we want us to be requires us to take a leap of faith.

It requires us to examine ourselves, or at least what we think about ourselves, and challenge those beliefs.

All to often, we dismiss something because we are afraid of the unknown. What might happen, or what might change?

Remember that fear lives in the future, opportunities exist in the now. If we want to achieve our life purpose we need to concentrate on the now and push ourselves into areas unknown.

The following inspirational story is a good example of this. Take a read through and remember the message the next time you’re faced with an opportunity that scares you.

Fear Lives in the Future, Opportunity Exists in the Now

A person who had always though of himself as a coward, approached a master of martial arts and asked to teach him bravery.

The master looked at him and said,

“I will teach you only with one condition: for one month you will have to live in a big city and tell every person that you meet on your way that you are a coward. You will have to say it loudly, openly and looking straight into the person’s eyes.”

The person got really sad, because this task seemed very scary to him. For a couple of days he was very sad and thoughtful, but to live with his cowardice was so unbearable that he travelled to the city to accomplish his mission.

At first, when meeting the passers, he quailed, lost his speech and couldn’t contact anyone. But he needed to finish the master’s task, so he began to overcome himself.

When he came up to his first passer to tell about his cowardice, it seemed to him that he would die from fear. But his voice sounded louder and more confident with every passing day.

Suddenly came a moment, when the man became aware that he was not scared anymore, and the further he continued doing the master’s task, the more convinced he was that the fear was abandoning him.

When a month had passed, the person came back to the master, bowed to him.

“Thank you, teacher. I finished your task. Now I’m not afraid anymore. But how did you know that this strange task will help me?” He asked.

The Master replied

“The thing is that cowardice is only a habit. And by doing the things that scare us, we can destroy the stereotypes and come to a conclusion that you came to. And now you know that bravery – is also a habit. And if you want to make bravery a part of yourself- you need to move forward into the fear. Then the fear will go away, and bravery will take its place.”

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