Written by Noel Peebles

"We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Franklin Roosevelt

How many times have you had a really great idea or wanted to take a risk and try something new, only to have a little voice inside your head shout:

"It wouldn't work!" "You couldn't possibly do that!"

or "What a silly idea".

Everyone, at some point in their lives has listened to their little voice cautioning them against following a certain action. If you frequently question what you do and think, and veer away from making decisions, then you may be stopping yourself from reaching your fullest potential. You may be slowly squeezingrepparttar special creative energy and inspiration inside of you that makes you unique, into a tight knot that needs to desperately unravel.

So what motivates that niggly little voice? What is stopping you from making that important decision or trying something new?

One ofrepparttar 123952 most common answers is FEAR. Fear isrepparttar 123953 greatest single barrier to success in our personnel and professional lives. The emotion of fear is intended to warn us of danger and to act as a cautionary tool. It should make us stop and think before taking action.

The Great Dictator?

What fear shouldn't do is dictaterepparttar 123954 course of action we take. It shouldn't control our thoughts or relationships with other people, and most importantly fear shouldn't shape who we are or what we want to achieve in our lives.

On a conscious or subconscious level all of us have feltrepparttar 123955 impact of fear in our lives. Whether it is repparttar 123956 fear of making a decision,repparttar 123957 fear of failure, a fear of what other people will think, orrepparttar 123958 fear of success -repparttar 123959 consequences arerepparttar 123960 same.

Are You Fine or Fantastic?

Written by Martin Avis

It takes a small child to make us see sense sometimes. My 7-year old daughter loves school and onrepparttar days that I collect her, I always greet her with,

"Hi Charlotte, how are you?"

And nine times out of ten she answers,

"Hi Daddy, I'm brilliant!"

It is impossible not to smile at such an open exhibition of enthusiasm. Her positivity is infectious.

Yet, like most adults, it took a while to dawn on me that I could learn something from my own child.

I was thinking about her when I met a business colleaguerepparttar 123951 other day.

"Hello, Martin," he said as we automatically shook hands, "how are you?"

It was onrepparttar 123952 tip of my tongue to say "I'm fine", or, "not too bad" as I would normally respond. But instead, Charlotte's smiling face popped into my mind and I came back with,

"I'm brilliant, thank you. How are you?"

A flicker of confusion crossed his face as my unexpected response sank in. Then a big smile spread across this rather dour businessman's face and he said,

"You know, I'm feeling pretty brilliant too!"

We had a great meeting.

Charlotte's natural enthusiasm taught me a big lesson: that we go through life saying and hearing conditioned responses that really mean absolutely nothing. It is only when we break out ofrepparttar 123953 expected that real communication occurs.

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