How Fear Can Inspire Us All

Fear can be paralyzing for creative types

Does fear motivate or inspire you?

Fear can be a powerful motivator — or it can be the ultimate paralyzer.

Many times, especially as creatives, fear is a doozy.

I’m not going to lie. It can stop you cold, in your tracks. It can stop you from going from dreaming to doing. Simply because you are afraid. And, I have to be honest as I write this, that fear has stopped me from doing some things.

Will the client like this content?
What will people say about this blog?
What will the client say about this branding?
Will my client like this idea? Will they hate it?
Will this ebook sell?
What will people think?
Will people think I’m stupid?
There’s no way this client will like my content.

Especially if you are creative. It’s so subjective. The book that was turned down by 50 publisher suddenly rockets to #1 on the New York Times Best Seller List when the 51st publisher sees it, loves it and options the work.  That work that was voted a masterpiece by one client is trashed by another.

What gives?

In our fear trapped minds, we often think of the very worst that can happen, not the best. But, it doesn’t have to be that. The first step to change is to recognize the problem. And then it’s stepping back and fixing it. Fear is uncomfortable, it’s unsettling. It’s why we often go back to the familiar, even if it’s not the right thing for us.

It takes guts to step out on faith — and freeze fear in its tracks.

So, whether it’s taping this blog on your computer screen every day as a reminder or just realizing that you have fears, owning up to them and committing yourself to moving from it, fear can be a powerful motivator.

What Fear Really Means

Fear means nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real.

That’s right, False Evidence Appearing Real. Nothing more, nothing less.

For me, that means moving toward the fear, not away from it. We are the total sum of our life experiences. And some things, like public speaking, writing a book, or the like, can drive us into a total tailspin, especially if we felt that we had an earlier opportunity and didn’t do our best.

The times I’ve done the best have been the times when I’ve been scared, frightened, not sure where my next step was. But you know what? I did something. I took action. And I worked out, for the most part.

Getting Rid of Our Fears

You always see that question: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? That answer is different for every person. What’s your answer?

For you, it may be putting yourself out there as the “expert” because, you know some stuff, but not everything, right? Fear will make you feel uncomfortable, no doubt about it. It will make you feel like you aren’t doing the right thing sometimes, when in reality, you are doing the right thing.

I’m ready today to commit to eradicating fear, to live a fearless life, the best way I know how. Are you?

How do you deal with fear?

Tenisha Mercer is an SEO writer in Atlanta with content on page #1 of Google, Yahoo and Bing. She is a digital marketing expert, an Atlanta web content writer and SEO copywriter and social media expert in Atlanta who specializes in powerful, high-impact copywriting that clicks with customers.

Tenisha Mercer has led digital marketing, content strategy and produced and managed content for clients in health care, retail and technology, including the CDC, The Home Depot, Sears, GMAC, NCR, General Motors, 1-800-Flowers and small businesses around the country.

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