A writer I admire Bob Goff says this:
“Most of the things I was afraid of never happened; most of what I hoped for did. Let your hopes trump your fears.”
Fear can paralyze you. It can keep you from new experiences. It can cause you to stay in unproductive relationships. It can keep you from pursuing ambitious opportunities.
Brene Brown, an author who studies vulnerability, says that nothing really good ever happens until people respond to fearful thoughts with bravery. She teaches that the brave go ahead despite fears.
Goff’s idea of letting hopes energize your life has merit. Hoping for something means you don’t have it yet. To attain your hopes, you have to progressively work, learn, experiment until you build the experiences to get there.
Being brave has a way of energizing you. It inspires confidence.