You are more powerful than you know. But fear keeps you from your boldest possibilities. Yet what if you could cultivate a presence within that could help you choose your good all the time? Here’s an excerpt from my new book A Year Without Fear, which can help you make these daily choices:
I want you to drop your predictable goals and drop your jaw in awe—as you discover what you can really have this year. The inspired power within you can accomplish anything at any time. Let this be your time. Welcome to a year without fear.
Years ago as a soul-starved attorney, I walked along a beach and felt as though I wanted to end my life. Instead, I decided to begin my life. I left my career. I realized it was fear that had compelled me to play it “safe,” attend Harvard Law School and work a bazillion hours for a law firm—even though I wanted to write.
But I hadn’t called my motivation fear. I called it “being realistic” or just “being practical.”
Making Choices Out of Fear
It was only when I stopped making choices out of fear that I discovered a whole new way to live. I had to learn to trust in a power beyond my intellect and a love that was more powerful than any resource I’d ever known. I had to learn how to love myself through bouts of anxiety into creativity, conviction, and inspired action. I began speaking and coaching, and finally published my first book, This Time I Dance! Creating the Work You Love, and then my second bestseller Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work!
Today, as a career/success coach, I’ve worked with thousands who knew they were here for something more. Yet they had been living from limitations, living the life they assumed they could have.
I’ve seen how our own self-talk and beliefs about reality can corrode our potential. I know that real happiness or freedom comes from cultivating our own inspired mind-set, the intimate, interior world we live in every single day.
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Your original instincts and genius are a love song between you and God. (Or Spirit, or whatever you call an extraordinary consciousness.) You are a life that has never been here before.
True freedom is a conscious, everyday spiritual adventure. It’s a reinvention. It’s a wholly new relationship with yourself.
You can achieve any inspired goal in your own inspired way. It’s about generating a miraculous mind-set through daily choices.
How Do You Get Over Fear?
How do you get past that immediate impulse to fight, flee, or eat massive amounts of pasta? Let’s face it—these stellar options are brought to you by the amygdala, the primitive reptilian brain that didn’t know a thing about getting a book deal or raising enlightened children. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a lizard being in charge of my life. I want to choose from the golden throne of being attuned to what I really want.
When I was in therapy, I just wanted to cut the fear out—do a lobotomy. But it turns out (no matter how much you offer to pay these people) that you do not remove fear by attacking it.
You let go of fear by focusing on love. Love is the answer to fear.
Three Quick Focuses to Practice and Develop
I’d like to offer you 3 quick focuses to practice and develop over time:
1. Everything is either love or fear. The best way to get out of fear is to get into love. If you focus on something you love or do something you love or appreciate someone else, your fear will not be there. You cannot feel fear in the moment when you are feeling love.
2. Stay in the present moment. All fear comes from thinking about the future or thinking about the past. In the present moment, all is well. You connect with your own innate wholeness.
3. There is another way to see everything. If you are in fear, you are seeing something from a painful point of view. You are telling a painful story. There is another way to experience this. There is an expansive perspective that will free you. When you are connected to your Spirit, there are no painful stories.
Moving Beyond Fear
For most of us, moving beyond fear isn’t an overnight shift. It’s not a pill. It’s a practice. It’s a pilgrimage. It’s a commitment to fill our minds with new conditioning and perspectives.
This year, choose who you will be in this lifetime rather than having circumstances choose for you. Wake up to your own fearless potential and that of every human being. And please know I’m here, believing in you, practicing in my own life, and championing the power of all our fearless love.
©2015 by Tama J. Kieves.
Reprinted with permission of the author.
subtitles by InnerSelf
A Year Without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence
by Tama Kieves.
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About the Author
Tama Kieves, is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School who left her practice to help others find their calling. She is the bestselling author of This Time I Dance! and also Inspired & Unstoppable: Wildly Succeeding in Your Life’s Work! Her newest book is A Year Without Fear: 365 Days of Magnificence. Featured in USA Today and on Oprah Radio, she is a sought-after speaker and career/success coach, who has helped thousands world-wide to discover, launch, and thrive in the life, calling and businesses of their dreams. Visit her at TamaKieves.com and download her FREE Inspired Power Toolkit.