Souldipper, Regina and No Fear

Amy at http://souldipper.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/occupy-blogosphere-thursday-march-29-2012/#comment-8507 has a brilliant post today including an amazing use of egg shells that I would never have thought of.

She also talked about Regina Dugan and her TED talk on:

“What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

asks Regina Dugan.

Amy of course had a brilliant answer as will most of you and it was not until I was completing my comment to her that I realized Regina’s question was for me, unsettling.  When I first saw the presentation my heart thrilled to the potential of it all and then the strangest feeling settled over me.

Yup.  That feeling was fear.  It scares me to think I could do something, achieve something, without fear.  Yes Regina, the very thought is freeing.  Or it should be.  If I let go of my fear?

I’m thinking that before I can leap to fearlessness I am going to require some guidance on getting there.  Does anyone else understand the fear of fearlessness or am I just not grasping the whole idea?  Am I afraid of being fearless?  The answer has to be ‘yes’.

Logically I understand that those who excel have set aside any fear preventing success. Would I like to overcome fear.  I sure would.  It just all seems a little too scary.

Any and all advice is sincerely welcome.  There must be a way around this road block.

I can see overcoming fear of some tangible thing or at least trying to overcome it but my fears in some things are actually a security.  Or perhaps an excuse.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Crowing Crone Joss
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 19:47:24

    one small step at a time. Fearlessness seems like such a huge thing to fear and yet, if you overcome fear, one step at a time, by the time you get to the point of fearlessness, you will be fearless! It’s a bit like being 3 years old and fearful of being an adult. There are a lot of steps between 3 and adulthood so that by the time you get there, it just happens.

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  2. Katherine Gordy Levine
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 14:36:45

    I need to fear mistakes more and read and edit before I post, but think you can get through to my main meaning. Stay strong, I am trying.

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  3. Katherine Gordy Levine
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 14:35:41

    Ahh, but used wisely fear has its virture. I once offered an eight year old total freedom from her fear of tests. She declined and said leave me enough, so I study enough. Smart kid.

    On the other side of the coin remains Mark Twains comment about the cat once sat on a hot stove and therefore never sat on a cold one or warm on.

    When trying to give up fear, it is always wise to ask two questions. What will happen when all fear has fled? How is fear keeping you safe?

    Thank you for this post.

    Kat

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  4. katyarich
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 01:57:30

    Reading this post just reminded me a quote…
    “One of the great discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do”. Henry Ford , have a great weekend:)

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  5. Kathryn McCullough
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 17:56:45

    Wow, I understand the fear of fearlessness completely! I would never have thought to articulate it that way, but, good God, I hardly know where to put that thought. How profound, my friend!
    Hugs,
    kathy

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  6. souldipper
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 15:55:32

    I responded to your question on my blog, Chris. We hide behind fear. There really is no failure – only another incident that is fodder for growth.

    I like Regina’s question because it forces me to look at the excuses I’m making for NOT doing something I really want to do!

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  7. ceciliag
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 15:32:44

    i say to all my kids.. Fear is Your Only Enemy.. and it is true to a certain extent. But sometimes we must use our sensible fear to protect ourselves. But let’s not mix fear and courage up. Courage is when you know the risks and fear them but forge ahead in spite of the fear. i am a very shy person so i am very well versed in both fear and its flip side.. courage! This is why i like living quietly on my farm with the animals, it is people who scare me i think.. c

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