I remember a story that my late grandmother told us. She said the owl is a night bird because of fear of all the other birds. When it tries to fly by day, the small birds attack it.
The story goes, long ago when birds could talk, the owl was their king. This happened through a bullying strategy. It kept telling the other birds that if they failed to comply, she would use her horns to kill them. Fear then reigned amongst the birds, nobody dared to challenge this well equipped and adorned bird. It would result in full torment on those horns.
One day, a small courageous bird had a chance of exposing the owl. It flew over her and in the process swiped over the mighty horns. It turned out that what was supposed to be horns was actually big ears. The small bird summoned all the other birds and announced to them that what they feared was only ears and not horns. They needed not to fear at all. This put the owl on the run and on the hide. She could no more rule and torment the other birds.
The roots of fear
Fear thrives on ignorance- a lack of knowledge of even the simplest thing. It thrives on misinformation; it defeats somebody before they have made an attempt at something. Fear also thrives on wrong knowledge. It is the main culprit of unfulfilled dreams. It results in bondage; a captivity that can last a lifetime and can move into generations to follow. Talk of some superstitions that have promoted generational fears.
Take a swipe at greatness
Let me come back to you. You have spoken of that big project since time immemorial, why have not done anything about it yet? Fear has caused you to settle for the easy stuff and hence you have remained average. Today, I challenge you to break the fear factor. I challenge you to face your fears and take a swipe at greatness.
Wrong knowledge is also a danger
Let me tell you about Tsenza Lane in Mufakose. I grew up there! This short connecting Lane was fine during the day. It served a great purpose of connecting two major streets on foot, no cars were allowed there. There is a certain time though that Tsenza Lane became a danger; it was taken over by Peggy the ghost. Well, no one ever had a full encounter with Peggy but there was always a Story of somebody who did. If you did not know about it, you would conveniently use Tsenza Lane even late at night successfully. But that would be the last time because somebody was sure to ask you the following day, “You came late last night, which roads did you use?” Fear would cripple you after being told how lucky you were to have gotten home alive. The acquired wrong knowledge caused fear to invade a jolly short cut user.
Every street has its own Peggy the Ghost
Growing older, I realized there was also a Peggy the ghost of Highfield and a Peggy the ghost of Marondera and Peggy the ghost of Soweto. It was an urban legend that kept people mesmerized. Here is the thing, every convenient way and every short cut must have its own ghosts. Life must be hard and so fear ensures that you stay off the path of progress. It is the deployed guard to keep you weak and succumbed. You have to overcome that fear and move to the next street, saving time and achieving your goals.
Tame that fire
Yes you were burnt ones but try again; the fire might have lost its impetus when it burnt you the first time. Don’t let go of the opportunity to tame the fire because it burnt you before. Cave man learnt to harness fire but it was after a few burns. If they had given up and continued in fear, they would have achieved nothing.
There are truths you must learn about fear. Susan Jeffers in her book Feel the Fear and Do it anyway says, “Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from the feeling of helplessness.” You must take risks and break the fear barrier. I am sure you don’t intend to live an average life? You don’t intend to have an average house, average family, average job, average wedding, average friends… Too much of average is an overdose capable of taking away good life.”
Faith kills fear
Today, you will break the fear barrier. When you perfect faith to move forward, you break the power and torment of fear. There is no door that is too big or too small for a knock. Your knuckles are designed with the ability to summon attention from the other side of the doors you avoided to knock. I urge you to challenge yourself and revisit those buried dreams. Only one person can bring a change of fortunes in your life, that person is you. Every prophet will confirm this. You hold the key to your destiny. Take charge! I see possibilities in your horizon; I see your wildest dreams fulfilled. Overcome this huddle of fear and the best life awaits you.
Advocate Charles Magaiza is a business coach, strategist, bestselling author, publisher, advocate, motivational speaker and facilitator with vast experience in human resources and legal fields based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He can be contacted on: Email email@example.com Web: www.purposeclinic.com