Fear is the only thing holding you back…..

Recently I read an article on ‘fear’, which stated the 12 top types of fear and what/where they generally stem from. An example of this would be “Fear of failure – This type of fear has its roots in the misconception that everything you do has to be 100% successful.”

I object to fear for the most part, anything thought in this vein is an excuse.

Now you may think A) that’s quite brash and B) very general, but if you remove your objections for one moment and look at the title of this piece you may begin to understand where I am coming from. I feel personally that fear is the only thing capable of holding you back from achievement because within reason (physical / mental / monetary) there is nothing that can hold you back.

Let’s put this all into perspective - if you fear ‘failure’ you may not allow yourself to make a mistake by taking a step, which may or may not enable you to go further, working on the proviso that either way ‘the step’ is in the right direction, you eliminate the fear! If you succeed you step forward, if you fail you have the knowledge of what to avoid when stepping forward and have the ability to try again.

As my MD always says ‘we are human’ no one is perfect, which is so true. Now I’m not saying you should lower your standards or work half-heartedly but you should equip yourself with the knowledge that ‘fear is the only thing holding you back’, remove the fear and enable the dream. The best remedy to remove fear is to take action, whenever you feel you’re in a situation and fearful of the outcome, remember the statement ‘fear is the only thing holding you back’. Then logically evaluate the situation by remembering the Dr Pepper strap line and asking the question “what’s the worst that can happen?” I guarantee that 9 times out of 10, if you think laterally you will be able to move forward, progress and go on to achieve.

Don’t let the fear that holds you back, be the fear that keeps you on track. Treat this like a reverse Jim Carey ‘Yes Man’ situation and say no to fear every time. Try it for a month and see if it doesn’t start to change the world you live in.

Good luck, god speed and go without fear….

Written by,

Richard Ward

Social Media and Marketing Executive @LiptonFleming

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Comment by bill josephson on May 9, 2012 at 7:37am

Interesting post, Richard.  IMO fear of failure is a positive thing. 

It forces us to take a risk we wouldn't have otherwise taken cause the feeling of rejection failure being shot down trying is a better one than the feeling of complete failure of never having tried at all.

Comment by bill josephson on May 9, 2012 at 7:38am

When did this blog start having to approve posts first before people can see them? 

New one on me

Comment by Lipton Fleming on May 9, 2012 at 7:49am

Thanks for your comment Bill, you can look at it from a positive perspective but in essence it is still a negative! As, if you remove the fear you remove the need for justification of fear in any light.

Comment by Ryan Connors on May 9, 2012 at 8:51am

Nice read. Everyone has been motivated by fear at one point or another, but what I like to do is to be my own counselor and imagine a good friend in my situation and the advice I would offer. It's easier said than done, but it's amazing what someone can do with the right mindset compared to one of defeatism. 

Comment by bill josephson on May 9, 2012 at 9:40am

Lipton, sorry for confusing you with the piece writer, Richard Ward.

I have to say I have fear of failure.  When it came to asking women out on dates when single back in the 1970's-early 1980's, when you could do so without fear/threat of being accused of sexual harassment, I'd proceed doing so because it was better to try and fail than to fail by never trying at all.


Besides, you wouldn't believe all the great looking great ladies I was able to date.  One even married me--30th Anniversary was last evening.

Comment by Lipton Fleming on May 9, 2012 at 10:11am

No problems, we hope you had a wonderful 30th anniversary.


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