I had to let go of some fear when I published my first novel, Accidental Colony. It did rather well, I think, for a first book that had no promotion for it. In case you didn’t know, it’s available as an eBook at Smashwords and in print form from CreateSpace and Amazon. I enjoyed writing it and decided to publish it. So I took my fear and sat on it.
That’s not quite letting go, but it worked well enough. Once I’d made the decision and started the publication process I felt more confident. That’s the key. That’s when I let go of the fear. If you are afraid of doing something, just start doing it. you may find that as you do it, it’s not as scary as you thought.
I started writing these blogs after letting go of my fear of doing so. My fear was that I wouldn’t be able to keep it up. That’s one of the reasons that this bog is a weekly bog. I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to keep up a daily blog. So I didn’t let go of all my fear. I just tamped it down. That worked for me.
Letting go of fear is hard. You have to keep in mind that the fear is what is holding back your dream, assuming that’s what it is doing. In any case, fear can hold us back. let go of the fear and move forward. You often don’t need anything more than that.
The problem is that often the fear doesn’t want to let go of you. you have to toughen yourself up and decide that you want to do whatever you’re afraid of and just go for it. let go of the tree branch and swing out on that rope swing. Leap off the platform and ride that zip line. Jump out of that airplane and trust that the parachute will open. I think you see where I’m gong with this. If something scares you that other people do with no visible fear, just do it. Note that I said visible fear. Some people are good at hiding their fear. Bravery isn’t the absence of fear.
Bravery is doing something you need to do in spite of fear. Get up. Get out there. Take control. You can do it. All you have to do is to let go of the fear of failure, which is all your fear is. Tamp it down, or sit on it, whatever you have to do to let your fear go, do it.
Let’s not forget that fear is not a bad thing. It can work in your favor, like keeping you from running out into traffic. Letting go of fear means choose what fears to keep and which to let go. It’s all about finding what works for you. Whatever you are afraid of, if you want to do something and fear is halting you. Do your best to overcome your fear and let it go. Just find out what works for you. You’ll be glad you did.