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The Secret of Confidence

Confidence and courage build great dreams. Fear, however, shatters the hopes of those who spend much of their lives trapped in a zone of comfort. It fills the unaware with regret over a past they cannot change. They envision great objectives, yet fear holds them back from action.Mark Twain had a great definition of courage. He said that "courage is not the absence of fear.

It is the mastery of fear".Some fears are healthy. They alert us to dangers and protect us from harm. Then there are other fears that blind us to our true potentials.

These unhealthy fears are dishonest messages from one's inner gremlin who shouts, "You are not good enough, wise enough, talented enough, or deserving enough to obtain the dreams of your heart." The gremlin is shrewd in that it will often sound very logical and reasonable, focusing on obstacles instead of outcomes.If there is a special secret, it is simply this: confidence, above all, is needed to make your dreams come true. You must believe that you can obtain what you want. Yet, you must recognize each self-limiting fear, see it, feel it, and name it out loud! Then let it dissolve as any other negative thought.

Step out, do what you were afraid to do, and you will see your fear for what it is, a test to make you stronger and more resilient to life's challenges. Your confidence will increase with each fear you choose to walk through.Confidence is yours if you will accept it.

You did not come to this earth to suffer the loss of every good dream you've dreamed because you're afraid?afraid to fail, afraid to succeed, afraid of what others will think, or a thousand other fears.If you could point to one fear that you've been tolerating, what would it be? Name it now. Accept it. Then let it go.Rosanne Ambrose-Brown wrote, "Courage is, with love, the greatest gift.

We are, each of us, defeated many times, but if we accept defeat with cheerfulness, and learn from it, and try another way, then we will find fulfillment.".Give thanks for your inner courage and confidence. Do the thing you need to do?the very thing that courage will now allow you to do!.

. Copyright 2006 by Steve Brunkhorst. Steve is a professional life success coach, motivational author, and the editor of Achieve! 60-Second Nuggets of Inspiration, a popular mini-zine bringing great stories, motivational nuggets, and inspiring thoughts to help you achieve more in your career and personal life. Get the next issue by visiting http://www.


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