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Is fear holding you back? What is it that you really want to do with your life? If you already know the answer to this question then you are ahead of 99 out of 100 people in the world. If you do know the answer to this question, then what is holding you back? The most likely answer to this question is fear—specifically fear of failure. Fear of failure can keep people from doing the tasks needed to accomplish their lifelong dreams. People paralyzed by fear hesitate, and when they hesitate they prolong the period of time where the think in a manner that is not constructive.

Just think, if you go ahead and do that task you’ve been putting off for so long, then you will be free to move on and do the next constructive move.

What is it that you are putting off doing? Is it a really difficult task to accomplish, or is it relatively easy but your mind is throwing up unnecessary and fearprovoking obstacles?

What people need to do is make up their minds that they are going to do a thing, and then they need to make up their minds that nothing is going to stop them. The fear of failure has stopped many very capable people from achieving their highest levels of success. Don’t let your fear whittle down your courage. Don’t let your fear render your destiny to be a mediocre performance in your life. Banish fear—and you will meet success head on.

—adapted from An Inspiration a Day by Jerome A. Waterman

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