A few years ago my daughter set a small tray of nachos on fire in our toaster oven. In an attempt to assess the situation, she opened the door, which made a small fire instantly much bigger. I came running into the kitchen to help. Fortunately, it was resolved quickly by closing the door to the toaster oven, unplugging the appliance, and starving it of oxygen. Crisis averted.
Where am I going with burnt nachos? I was thinking of fear this weekend and how it stops us from doing so much. There is a simple trick to extinguishing fear quickly. Fear feeds off of time just like fire feeds off of oxygen. The more time you give fear, the more powerful it becomes. It festers in your mind, getting bigger with time. So what is the trick?
Do not give fear the time it wants to scare and immobilize you. Action will suffocate fear but it will require bravery in the face of fear. I know I always believe time will help, but really I am feeding the flames of fear. Think it over for sure, but don’t ever believe the thinking will make the fear go away. We are going to have to act while we are still afraid. Oxygen is to fire as time is to fear. Act accordingly!