50 Words to Your Dreams Chapter 38 Fear by Michael George Knight

Chapter 38: Fear

Fear does not exist outside the human body, it only exist within. It is a natural biological emotion the body releases when it perceives a danger or treat to keep it safe. There is nothing wrong in listening to fear if it is keeping you safe and out of bodily harm. The problem begins when fear is keeping you away from growth and living the life you want.


We tend to internalize mind-made fears about a not-yet existent future we perceive to be painful, such as fear of death, public speaking, heights, what people think of us and even fear of failure. Fearful thoughts and fearful beliefs is one of the biggest difficulties you will have to overcome mentally on your way to personal success. It is time to take note of your fears and get them under your control.



For you to control your future and destiny it is important you work with and grow through fear. Start by first taking note of what your top fears are in life? What scares you the most? What is holding you back living the life you want to live? What fearful thoughts do you repeat to yourself over and over? Make a list of all your fears and get them out of your head.


Now make a decision that you will not be held back any more by these mind-made fear beliefs you have created in your head. Make a conscious effort to start taking action towards the elimination or management of these fears holding you back. By taking action and stepping into your fear you will grow through fear instead of being held back by fear. Realize the thought of fear was worse than the actual fear itself.



The way to kill fear and drive it into a small corner is by acting out our fears until fear loses it grip on you. Our current comfort zone is made up of the things that we were once fearful, afraid or uncomfortable doing in the past. But through repetition and action we build competence and confidence to easily do the things that were once hard and scary. Where there once was fear, now becomes comfort. Growth in life lives on the other side of fear, there is no other way. You cannot sidestep fear, the only option is straight through it. Confront your fears and step into fear and you will realize you had nothing to fear all along.



  • A man who is not afraid is not aggressive, a man who has no sense of fear of any kind is really a free and peaceful man. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
  • According to psychiatrists, the fear of public speaking is caused by the fear of ostracism, the fear of standing out, the fear of criticism, the fear of being an outcast. The fear of being different prevents most people from seeking new ways to solve their problems. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • All men have fears, but the brave put down their fears and go forward, sometimes to death and sometimes to victory. Throw down a challenge. (Motto of the King’s Guard in Ancient Greece)
  • As soon as the fear approaches near, attack and destroy it. (Chanakya)
  • Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. (Helen Keller)
  • Breaking through your fears makes you free. (Spencer Johnson)
  • Change can be scary, but you know what’s scarier? Allowing fear to stop you from growing, evolving, and progressing. (Mandy Hale)
  • Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen. (Unknown)
  • Everything you want is on the other side of fear. (Jack Canfield)
  • Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. (Jim Morrison)
  • Fear and growth go hand in hand. When you courageously face the thing you fear, you automatically experience the growth you have been seeking. (Sandra Gallagher)
  • Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life. (Naguib Mahfouz)
  • Fear has two meaning: Forget everything and run or Face everything and rise. Which will you choose? (Unknown)
  • Fear is a habit; so is self-pity, defeat, anxiety, despair, hopelessness and giving up. Eliminate all of these negative habits with two simple resolves: I can! And I will! (Napoleon Hill)
  • Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth. (Pema Chodron)
  • Fear is an emotion, and like any mere emotion it can be controlled. I have heard the word fear defined as an acronym: False Expectations Appearing Real. (Les Brown)
  • Fear is an open invitation to trouble whereas faith invites success. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Fear is ignorance. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Fear is just your judgement of your own thoughts. (Kyle Cease)
  • Fear is like a plague, it’s like a disease and it has its way to infiltrate people’s mind and to cause people to posture in a very unhealthy way and when there is excessive fear then we begin to become the aggressors ourselves. (BT. Swami)
  • Fear is nothing but a wrong belief about you, your situation, or the future. Anxiety is when that wrong belief starts affecting your body. (Unknown)
  • Fear is nothing more than a mental monster you have created, a negative stream of consciousness. (Robin Sharma)
  • Fear is the most powerful of all thoughts with one exception, and that one exception is faith. Faith can always overcome fear. Faith is the one power against which fear cannot stand. Day by day, as you fill your mind with faith, there will automatically master fear. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • Fear is the most subtle and destructive of all human diseases. Fears kills dreams and hope. (Les Brown)
  • Fear is the reason you sell yourself short and settle for far less than you are capable of. (Brian Tracy)
  • Fear may come true that which one is afraid of. (Viktor E. Frankl)
  • Fear of criticism, failure to create plans and to put them into action, because of what other people will think, do, or say. This enemy belongs at the head of the list, because it generally exists in one’s subconscious mind, where its presence is not recognized. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Fear of loss is greater than the desire for gain. (Zig Ziglar)
  • Fear prevents people from living to their fullest potential. (Marietta Jeager-Lane)
  • Fear sometimes paralyzes you inside. It even keeps you from being honest with yourself and getting help. Don’t let this fear hold you captive in your regret. (Dexter Yager)
  • Fear, doubt and worry is what stop’s you from taking action. These are our greatest obstacles in life. (James Allen)
  • Fears are nothing more than states of mind. One’s state of mind is subject to control and direction. (Napoleon Hill)
  • Fears are product of the subconscious. Every fear has its root. It never goes away till we conquer it. The conquest itself depends on ourselves. The strength lies inside. Conquer the fear. (Unknown)
  • Fears are self-created imaginations which make negative associations of ideas. Fear is your projection about the future in your imagination. (Jack Collis)
  • Feel the fear and do it anyway. (Unknown)
  • For if you fear something continuously you tend to create conditions in your mind propitious to the development of that which you fear. An atmosphere is encouraged in which it can take root and grow. You tend to draw it to yourself. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears. (Michel De Montaigne)
  • He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. (Aristotle)
  • I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
  • I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. (Bruce Lee)
  • I never lie because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie when you’re afraid. (John Gotti)
  • I recognized that it was excessive fear and self-doubt that were the greatest detractors of personal genius. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • If you cannot control your fear, it will always have control over you. (Mark Kishon Christopher)
  • Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. (Dale Carnegie)
  • Indecision crystallizes into doubt, the two blend and become fear. (Napoleon Hill)
  • It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to half of the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness for fear of what may happen. (Herodotus)
  • It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live. (Marcus Aurelius)
  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person. Always do what you are afraid to do. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  • Its fear that keeps most people working at a job. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • Life begins where fear ends. (Osho)
  • Life is an ongoing war with insecurities and fears. (Les Brown)
  • Listen to what you know instead of what you fear. (Richard Bach)
  • Look inward and face the possibility that it is your own fears and doubts that are your biggest roadblocks to success. (Brian Tracy)
  • Most fears cannot withstand the test of careful scrutiny and analysis. When we expose our fears to the light of thoughtful examination they usually just evaporate. (Jack Canfield)
  • Never let the fear of striking out get in your way. (Babe Ruth)
  • Never say never because limits like fears are often just an illusion. (Michael Jordan)
  • Never take counsel of your fears. (Norman Vincent Peale)
  • Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action. (Walter Anderson)
  • Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to be understood. Now is the time understand more, so that we may fear less. (Marie Curie)
  • Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless. Let go of your fear and go after everything you want. (Unknown)
  • One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do. (Henry Ford)
  • Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live (Dorothy Thompson)
  • People fear death even more than pain. It’s strange that they fear death. Life hurts a lot more than death. At the point of death, the pain is over. Yeah, I guess it is a friend. (Jim Morrison)
  • Poise is the deliberate shunting aside of all fears, arising from new and uncontrollable circumstance. (Maxwell Maltz)
  • So, it is not that one must be free from or resist fear but that one must understand the whole nature and structure of fear. Understand it. That means learn about it, watch it, and come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it, not how to resist it. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
  • Sometimes to break through fear you got to try a few times. (Unknown)
  • Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start being excited of what could go right. (Tony Robbins)
  • Thanks to your fear, for the rest of your life you are likely to be dependent on a wage and an employer. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. (Joseph Campbell)
  • The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do. (Wayne Dyer)
  • The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is fear. (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time. (Mark Twain)
  • The fear of failure is the greatest single obstacle to success in adult life. (Brian Tracy)
  • The fear of ostracism that causes people to conform and not question commonly accepted opinions or popular trends. (Robert Kiyosaki)
  • The great thing about fear is that it isn’t real. I know that when you are experiencing fear it might feel real, but it actually does not exist in the physical universe. (Grant Cardone)
  • The greatest fear in the world is of the opinions of others. And the moment you are unafraid of the crowd you are no longer a sheep, you become a lion. A great roar arises in your heart, the roar of freedom. (Osho)
  • The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. (Elbert Hubbard)
  • The greatest prison people live in is the fear of what other people think. (Unknown)
  • The greatest problem of human life is fear. It is fear that robs us of happiness. It is fear that causes us to settle for far less than we are capable of. It is fear that is the root cause of negative emotions, unhappiness and problems in human relationships. (Brian Tracy)
  • The majority of the fears that we have are not life-and-death fears. And yet we give them more power than they deserve and permit them to govern our lives. (Les Brown)
  • The way to kill fear is by taking action. (Grant Cardone)
  • The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. (Buddha)
  • Thinking will not overcome fear but action will. ( Clement Stone)
  • We all have a need for a sense of certainty. Most people have tremendous fear of the unknown. Uncertainty implies the potential of having pain strike us. (Anthony Robbins)
  • We must face our fears in order to live fully. You can turn back, but if you want to grow you must be willing to go forward and face your fears again and again and again. (Abraham Maslow)
  • What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do. (Timothy Ferriss)
  • When you move beyond your fear, you feel free. (Spencer Johnson)
  • You can conquer almost any fear if you will make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind. (Dale Carnegie)
  • You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. (Eleanor Roosevelt)


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