Fear: The Silent Saboteur of Dreams

March 18, 2024

“Courage whispers, Fear shouts.”

 

Fears are important. They warn us of danger and keep us alive. But at their worst, everyday fears can paralyse us and prevent us from learning new things.

Uncertainty breeds fears. I want to help you better understand fear through these blog posts so that its grip loosens a bit and is not going to stand between you and your dreams.

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We often hear about fears and dangers from others, but sometimes, the biggest fears come from within ourselves.

I battled with self-doubt for years, and especially when I was younger, constantly hearing that voice inside telling me I wasn’t good enough. It felt like building a wall between me and my dreams.

But deep down, I knew I wanted to be brave, to conquer my fears and live life to the fullest.

One day in my teens, I gathered the courage to confront those fears head-on. I asked myself: What is holding me back, and how can I break free from it?

I started by writing down my dreams, both big and small, and the fears that stood in their way.

I realised that many of my fears were rooted in self-doubt and insecurity. I was afraid of failure, of not being good enough, of taking risks.

But as I wrote them down, something changed. I began to see my fears for what they were: obstacles to overcome, not barriers to success.

 

Iiro Seppanen is the cofounder of WWL, 3x7x77 and 3triple7

 

I learned to break down my fears into smaller, more manageable pieces. Instead of trying to tackle them all at once, I took small steps towards overcoming them.

I started by facing my fear of performing in front of others. I took every opportunity to practice, slowly building up my confidence until I no longer felt paralysed by fear.

With each small victory, my confidence grew, and the walls of fear that once held me back began to crumble.

Today, I no longer let fear dictate my life. I’ve learned to embrace uncertainty, to take risks, and to pursue my dreams with courage and determination.

It hasn’t been easy, and there are still moments when fear creeps in. But I’ve learned to face my fears head-on, knowing that each challenge is an opportunity for growth.

And as I look back on my journey, I realize that the only thing holding me back was the fear I carried within myself. Once I learned to let go of that fear, the possibilities became endless, and I was free to live my life on my own terms.

So if you’re struggling with fear, know that you’re not alone. It’s okay to be afraid, but don’t let fear hold you back from living the life you deserve. Face your fears head-on, take small steps towards overcoming them, and remember that courage isn’t the absence of fear; it’s the willingness to act in spite of it.

Iiro Seppanen

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