Looking at the clutter in an area, do you see just the clutter or do you see the fear of what ifs that happen if the clutter is gone? What if I get rid of it? What if I need it again? What if I can't afford to buy a replacement if I need it? Many what-ifs can come up. Fear can stop us from doing and getting organized, can't it?
Many fears can stop us from doing. Here are the most common concerns.
Fear of failure - what if we do and fail at what we want to do?
Fear of rejection - what if we do something and we get rejected?
Fear of success - what if we succeed and we can't handle the success?
But, let's not let them stop us from doing. After all, doing is why we are here on this planet. Here are five inspiring quotes to help stop fear and start doing. I also added my wisdom as well.
I was set free because my greatest fear had been realised, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. ~ J.K. Rowling
Even if we really do hit rock bottom, we still will be able to get back up and dust off ourselves and move forward.
Life is short, live it. Love is rare, grab it. Anger is bad, dump it. Fear is awful, face it. ~ Unknown
Being realistic with your fears is the best way to concur them.
Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don't allow fear to control you.
I have learned over the years that when one's mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear. ~ Rosa Parks
Your passion is stronger than your concerns.
The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly. ~Corra May White Harris
Do your best, even if you are fearful. You will do great.
Are you still allowing your fear to control you? Let's stop that right now. OK? Here are tips on how to conquer your fear and just get doing and clear the clutter. Try this technique.
- Say to yourself that having fear is normal.
- Write the fear(s) down on paper.
- Look at your fear on paper and then ask yourself, "What would happen if my fear came true?" Write that down as well.
- What feelings come up when you see your fear on paper. Write that down too.
- Then fund an old metal saucepan and burn the paper in the saucepan outside the home or just shred it (ripping it works too). Then, say to yourself, "Now that I understand the fear, I will not let it control me."
This technique is one I have used over the years. It helped me stop playing the game in my head that I am not good enough. Try it for yourself and see if it works for you.
I hope this inspired you in letting go of the fears and taking action to do what needs to be done in your home and life.
Now it's your turn. What are your tips for stopping your fear? What is your favorite quote that helps you convert fear into your life? Please leave a comment below.
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Nice visuals, Sabrina! Pinned this to my Quotes on Organizing board. 🙂
What a great collection of fear-stopping quotes. The one by Rose Parks resonated with me in particular. I often find that it can be the angst of making a decision where fear resides. But once you take that small action step in spite of your fear, amazingly, the fear begins to dissipate.
You and I are on the same page this week, Sabrina! I love inspiring quotes, and I often grab one into my mind and try and chew on it all day. Thanks for sharing:)
I ask myself: "What would facing my fear give me access to?" The answer, in addition to plenty of externals, provides me with even more wonderful internals. For example: satisfaction, freedom, self-respect, happiness, peace, pleasure, fulfillment, etc. All good stuff that money cannot buy!
That is great advice. Thank you for sharing, Ramona!
I love this. The Ralph Waldo Emerson quote is one that everyone needs to live by.
Wonderful quotes. As for me, fear is something I like, it drives me to overcome it. If it wasn't for fear or failure, what would we have to overcome, or something to achieve?
I feel I'm really lucky Sabrina, as I don't have fears. My father really instilled a core of confidence within my being, which I am eternally grateful for. It seems to be the fears of those closest to me that hold me back because it is holding them back. Thx for this enlightening post.
That is awesome, Doreen. It's rare. Your father is a special man to be able to instill that in you. Thanks for sharing.
I'm currently working through some of my fears by starting to take dancing lessons. It's a very frustrating learning curve for me, which is why I decided to do it. I know I will get better and more coordinated if I stick with it.
That's great, Jeri. Thanks for sharing.
Wow, we seem to be on the same page - literally - this week because I also wrote about fear. 🙂 I love all of these quotations Sabrina, but I'd have to say Rosa Park's is my favorite. Thanks for the inspiration!
Gosh, I never thought of fear being trapped in clutter, but I can see how it is. I think my husband has worse fears than I do about letting things. Some of the things he keeps are absolutely crazy. Like, it took me forever to get him to throw out these golf balls he was given as a gift that had the emblem of his football team. He's never played golf!! But he didn't want to let them go because they were a gift. I finally told him I was throwing them out unless he played golf within a certain time frame (which he didn't).
The quote that stands out for me on this list is the one by Rosa Parks. Part of its power is in the actual works but a large part is in knowing that those words were spoken by such a brave,courageous person who obviously put her thoughts into action.
Have always been brave and done the things people normally would not do. As far as I'm concerned the thing to fear is fear itself. As far as I'm concerned if you are determined, make an effort and persevere you can succeed with almost anything. On the other hand, we should not forget that fear is necessary to keep us alive. Imagine if we didn't react when someone suddenly appears behind out back..
Great point, Catarina. Thanks for commenting. =)
awesome quotes. I think my eldest son is the bravest of us all. He jumped off a tressle bridge to save a drowning "prince" (true story) only to drag him and ashore and have the prince yell.. "You save me again!" Whenever I see quotes of bravery I think of him and laugh as sometimes courage leads us to do things unexpected.
Those are great quotes - I especially like the last one - The bravest thing you can do when you are not brave is to profess courage and act accordingly. ~Corra May White Harris
There are definitely times in our lives when we have to give ourselves a pep talk before we can go on. Thanks Sabrina
I like your technique for clearing the clutter of fear. Sometimes just thinking through what would happen if our fear came true makes us realize we could deal with it. I think writing that our and then burning the paper would feel freeing.