A small village by the sea depended on fishing to survive. Each year the boats they sent out had to go farther and farther from shore to catch enough fish to feed all the villagers.
But as they ventured farther away, they encountered a problem. Their usual practice was to put the fish they caught in big tanks to keep them fresh until they returned home. But the fish grew lethargic in the tanks, and many died before the boat could reach shore again.
After much thought, one of the crew hit upon a solution: On their next fishing trip, they caught a small shark and placed it in the tank along with the fish. The shark ate only a few fish, but the rest swam frantically around the tank trying to keep away from the predator – and made it to shore fresh and healthy for the villagers who depended on them.
The moral of this story is that sometimes a little fear is what we need to stay active and alive. I certainly find that to be true. If I begin to coast, I lose concentration and focus. I perform best when I have a little anxiety or fear. I am sharper and more on my game.
A little fear can be healthy. But fear can hold a lot of people back and stop them from living life to the fullest. I understand that feeling of being afraid. However, there is only one thing worse than a quitter, and that is a person who is afraid to begin. There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.
I have a friend who told me “There are 365 ‘fear nots’ in the Bible – one for each day.” Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark … professionals built the Titanic. Think about it.
Dale Carnegie said: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”
Don’t let fear block your success. If you truly want to learn to control your fear and advance in your career, I have some ideas that have worked for me. They can work for you too.
Not knowing how to control your fear can have disastrous results. Consider the great tightrope walker, Karl Wallenda. He died many years ago in a tragic fall. His widow was quoted as saying: “All Karl thought about for three straight months prior to the accident was falling. It seemed to me he put all his energy into not falling – not into walking the tightrope.”
Mackay’s Moral: Don’t let your fears get in your head – get ahead of them.