How To Overcome FEAR
By Dr. Joe Vitale
Dr. Joe Vitale's new book comes out this week. Here's a brand new article he wrote, which he is giving you as a gift to share with you, or (if you have one) your list and your website visitors. If you have any questions, let me know.
I'm in Chicago attending a Dan Kennedy event. At the first break a young man stops me, saying he is one of my subscribers and a big fan. I'm flattered. We talk. During the brief conversation, he confesses that fear is what stops him from achieving anything.
Interesting. Just that very morning I had breakfast with Paul Hartunian, famous publicity expert, when he told me, "There is no such thing as fear."
"There isn't?" I asked Paul.
"No. You are born with only two fears," Paul explained. "The fear of loud noises and the fear of falling. You lose those early on. Any other fears are created by you. They aren't real." "How do you get rid of fear?"
"Just stop it," Paul said. "Say you have a fear of bridges. If I put one million dollars in cash on the other side and said you could have it if you walked across the bridge, nude, in front of a crowd of people, you'd do it. Why? Because the reward is greater than the pain. Make the rewards greater and the fears will vanish."
I told the young man before me the same thing.
I then went on to add that most people in business have a fear of success, or a fear of failure. "I was just in a seminar with Ted Nicholas," I went on. "Ted said he had failed many times, and what he learned is that nothing bad ever happens to you when you fail. Instead, you get life's greatest lessons."
Of course, Ted is known as the four billion dollar man because he is now a legend in direct marketing. "As for the fear of success," I told my new friend in Chicago, "what I've learned is that the more successful I am, the more I can help myself, my family, and the world." In the last week alone I had made contributions to a new children's foundation dedicated to helping babies suffering from a stroke at birth, and I made donations to Paul Hartunian's dog rescue work.
"Success enables me to help myself as well as everyone else," I said. "When you realize the good you can do as a success, the fear evaporates." I saw a light come on in the eyes of the fellow before me. He seemed to get it. He seemed to realize that fear was stopping him, but that he was the one creating it, so he could be the one to let it go. As Dan Kennedy said in Chicago, "There is no limit to the money available. The pie is infinite. It's up to you to go scoop it up." Fear? Stop it.
You've got a life to live, and people to help. Go for it.