The Death of Fear Is in Doing What You Fear

10-26-2015 10:21 AM

Editor's Note: This was from a book of essays that Mary Kay Ash wrote and had printed. In 1990, she sent it as a Christmas gift to Independent Sales Directors. In 1991, the book became a prize for independent sales force members.

A wise person once said, "If you fear something, think of the very worst thing that could happen. You'll usually find it's not so bad that you can't handle it."

According to Samuel Jackson, "Courage is the greatest of all virtues." Why? Because if you don't have the courage, you may not have an opportunity to use any of the others. It takes courage to:

  • Be a good wife and mother
  • Get up some mornings
  • Keep on keeping on when times are rough

A great deal of talent is lost in this world for the want of a little courage. So if you become discouraged — and we all do sometimes —will you become cynical and despondent? Will you rush around with no purpose or plan? Or will you recover your courage as quickly as possible and do what must be done?

Challenge yourself to do better each week than you did the week before. Shoot for the moon. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

Most of us spend a lot of time worrying about things that never happen. It is said that 90 percent of all we worry about never comes to pass. Can you remember what you were worrying about at this time a month ago? Probably not. Worry is a thin stream of fear, which can become a wide channel into which all other thoughts flow. Fear of the unknown is a constant in our lives, but doing cancels out fear!

Some youngsters were sitting around a youth retreat campfire and began telling scary stories that evoked plenty of squeals. As the scary mood darkened, one little girl suddenly declared that she had just seen something big and white on the edge of the woods. All the children crowded to look and near panic prevailed.

One of the counselors volunteered to check it out and found a brown and white trunk of a sycamore tree that had been there all along. She returned saying, "I have seen it. I have touched it. And it can't hurt you. Tomorrow you can look at it for yourselves." When the unknown is unmasked, fear disappears.

We need the courage to face the unknown without wavering and to take action against our fears. The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do.