I have been contemplating the topic of "fear" lately. It is a topic that intrigues me, for many reasons. I strongly believe that there are millions of people who are living quiet, desperate lives, waiting, hoping, for some kind of change in their circumstances. Waiting can be a good thing. We teach our children to wait. In fact, if we do not learn to wait patiently, life can become very frustrating for us. Strangely enough, fear often joins hands with impatience and cripple our success! There are many things that require us to wait.
The farmer sows the seeds then waits in anticipation for the crop. If he does not understand the waiting process he will foolishly dig up the seeds and replant them over and over again. Can you visualize that? I can see the poor farmer rushing desperately from one bed to another feverishly uprooting, then planting; uprooting, then planting; over and over again, in his erroneous belief that the seeds are not growing and bearing fruit. The fruit is there, but it needs time to manifest itself!
Life is a process of becoming! Waiting is a part of that process. We can wait anxiously and fearfully, or we can wait with hopeful expectancy that the promise will bear fruit.
Although we might laugh at the image of that poor farmer, how many of us do just that with our dreams? We set goals then refuse to wait for the process to be completed. We move from project to project, starting but never completing the course, viewing temporary setbacks as indicators that we are on the wrong path. We rashly dig up the seeds we have sown, or even uproot the tender plant, having convinced ourselves that the venture is pointless or fruitless. But how did this happen? What causes us to dream, then walk away from our dreams?
The following is an excerpt from the writings of Napoleon Hill who wrote the famous book "Think and grow rich."
"The individual with a negative mental attitude attracts troubles as a magnet attracts steel filings. It is a curious fact of nature that somehow our minds find a way to transform into physical reality the things we think about most. If you expect to fail, you can be sure that you will, and if you find something negative in every opportunity, nothing will ever work out positively for you. Fortunately, the reverse is also true. If you are a happy, positive person, you will attract positive things. You can keep your mindset positive by eliminating negative thoughts the moment they begin to creep into your conscious mind. If you dwell on the negative aspects of every opportunity, you will never accomplish anything worthwhile. Be prudent about the risks you take, but don’t be paralyzed by fear of failure."
How frightening to think that like that farmer we sow seeds of success then dig them up again as we harbor negative thoughts? Let us start today by analyzing ourselves, examining our thoughts, and making a conscious effort to replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
I wish for my readers a successful year as we refuse to let fear push us into the arms of impatience, and determine to see our goals through to the end. Let us resist negative thinking! Let us work on ourselves and refuse to allow fear to abort the process and uproot our dreams!