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Follow Your Passion, But First …

Follow Your Passion, But First …

Following our passion sounds wonderful, doesnít it? But before we can do that, our own particular crop of fears is bound to surface.

Here is a list of the six most common fears that keep us from pursuing our deepest dreams. Often they are deeply hidden and unconscious. Simply reading this list will help you to begin the process of facing your fears so you can truly follow your passion.

While most of us want to run from our fears, the paradox here is that only by going toward them can we move toward our passion. We are not asked to overcome or resolve our fears completely. Rather, we are asked to befriend them. Fear is a necessary ingredient to passion. Indeed, it is part of what keeps the fire hot.

Fears are inevitable as we claim our passion. We need to go toward them in order to uncover them, talk about them, and transform them with mentors, counselors, or trusted colleagues. We need to use them as part of the fuel that fires our passion.

Here is the list of fears:

1. Fear of disobeying an idealized father figure.

2. Fear of disobeying a patriarchal organization or culture.

3. Fear of betraying our mother who didnít follow her passion.

4. Fear of displeasing or threatening our lover or spouse.

5. Fear of the inner critic who tells you that you are worthless and canít follow your passion, that you donít have what it takes, that youíre not enough.

6. Fear of confronting the litany of excuses that blocks your real passion: fear of failure, disappointment, not enough money, not enough time, not enough staff, not enough …

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Adapted from Enlightened Power, edited by Linda Coughlin, Ellen Wingard, and Keith Holliman (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on anniebbond.com, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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6:58PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

Mother who married an overgron child and leans onyou tomake up for it (money, bitching, time). That and fear of loss of financial secuirty. Twin apes.

2:09AM PST on Mar 3, 2013

very intersting

4:03AM PST on Feb 6, 2013

thanks

2:13AM PST on Jan 6, 2013

interesting

6:35PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thanks

7:34AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

All true, but I think the most powerful one and the one who whispers the rest of them in our ear is the Inner Critic. If you can conquer the inner critic you can conquer the rest.

6:25PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

excellent

3:15AM PDT on Apr 15, 2012

Thanks.

6:03PM PST on Feb 23, 2012

Thanks for the post.

7:09AM PST on Feb 7, 2012

Wow--I think I have (have had) several of those at once!

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