From Topic Boundaries to Omission: New
Research on Interpretation
96 who are out there making their dreams a reality,
97 experience fear.
98 Therefore, fear is not the problem.
99 What we do with the fear is what determines how we live our lives.
100 Although we can’t eliminate fear,
101 we can view it differently
102 and deal with it in healthy and productive ways.
103 You see, we each have places, events, situations with which we’re comfortable.
104 This is known as our comfort zone.
105 We each have our very unique comfort zone
106 based on our own past experiences, our perceptions of our capabilities, and our willingness to be out in the world.
107 Some people are only comfortable in the confines of their own home.
108 Others venture out into the world into the workplace,
109 and others still seem to make the whole world their home.
110 But when a challenge is presented that is outside our personal comfort zone,
111 fear appears.
112 Sometimes, our fear induces enough self-doubt
113 that it actually prevents us from moving ahead.
114 We allow the fear to immobilize us
115 and to stop us from living fully or realizing our dreams.
116 Well, what’s the alternative?
117 If we could shift our perspective and see fear instead as an ally that is telling us,
118 proceed with caution, but proceed.
119 A warning, if you will,
120 that says clearly and boldly,
121 “Growth opportunity ahead.”
122 So, when you felt the fear, you would know that you are actually moving in the right direction
123 towards growth, towards expanding your comfort zone, towards living fully.
124 If we can face our fears squarely and imagine in the safety of our minds,
125 which after all is where fear exists,
126 how we might deal with the challenge,
127 we could take steps towards experiencing the fear and moving forward.
128 We could make progressive approximations towards expanding our comfort zone.
129 You can begin by imagining the worst possible consequences.
130 What if the worst happened?
131 And imagine yourself handling it.
132 Every experience we’ve had began in thought and was projected into the world of being.
133 Thoughts with feeling become reality.
134 We must create what we do in this world twice—
135 once in our minds
136 and then again out in the world to make it so.
137 So facing the fear and imagining,
138 “How would you handle that situation?” (overlap of constructed dialogue and indirect)
139 makes it easier to proceed with optimism.
140 And, as Oscar Wilde said,
141 the basis of optimism is sheer terror.
142 But how can we get past our fears?
143 As Susan Jeffers says in her book of the same title,
144 feel the fear and do it anyway.
145 Each time we venture beyond the confines of our comfort zone,