“Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are our own fears.”
— Rudyard Kipling
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Fear is a lens that we use to make sense of the world around us and can be expressed both positively and negatively.
In the positive sense, it keeps us safe by intuitively keeping us out of harms way.
In the negative sense, it keeps us from taking calculated risks that stretch our abilities and enable us to grow beyond who we are and into who we we might be.
To let go of fears that hold you back, a simple practice is to face small fears when it matters the least, so you’ll be ready to face big fears when it matters the most.
For example, when I was younger I was afraid of balloons. Well, not so much the balloons themselves, but the popping of the balloons.
To let go of this fear I found a fun way to face it: I learned how to make balloon animals!
It took quite some time to make even the first twist of the balloon on my first attempt, but by facing this fear head on it didn’t take long for me to build a bridge and get over this silly little fear.
Sure, balloons still pop, but by voluntarily exposing myself to it, the fear no longer has a hold on me. And best of all, letting go of small fears provides encouragement to let go of bigger fears when the stakes are high.
Actually, in this case I think the best part is that I now have a fun hobby where I can make some pretty cool designs out of balloons. Check out the full video above to see Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, a Serious Goose, two monkeys climbing a banana tree, and the Pink Panther riding a motorcycle.
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Jonas Cain is a Purveyor of Positivity and Facilitator of Fascination, offering support to emerging leaders and their influencers to develop resilience.