Have you ever had a really difficult problem? An obstacle that you could not overcome? A challenge so insanely hard it felt like you were banging your head against a wall and even after months of work the only result you got was a headache?
What’s on the other side of that wall? It could be a high paying job. It could be a new house. Maybe it’s a better wardrobe or hooking up with that hottie at the coffee shop. It might be respect from your wife or getting your kids to listen. It could even be the willpower to finally get serious about working out.
The wall is different for every man but at its core it’s the same for all of us. Behind that huge barrier is everything we’ve ever wanted. All our hopes, our dreams, everything that our lives could be if we could just somehow break through. It’s all there.
So what is stopping us?
Fear of ridicule. Fear of failure. Fear that our friends will watch us get turned down by a beautiful woman. Fear that we’ll stand up in front of the auditorium and forget every word of our speech. Fear that we’ll don’t have what it takes.
It’s a powerful, seductive voice in the back of our minds that calls us back from the difficulty ahead. The voice whispers that we’ll never succeed, that we’re too stupid, too unpopular, too ugly, too fat, too short, too poor and that nothing we do will ever make any difference.
But here is the good news: That voice is a lie.
You can break through your fear.
How do I know? Because everyone who has ever accomplished great things has had to punch through that fear. No one is fearless. No one has unlimited confidence, courage and self-respect. Even the most incredible men are afraid.
For example, did you know that Mahatma Gandhi, Thomas Jefferson and Warren Buffett were all terrified of public speaking? In his first case as a lawyer, Gandhi panicked while talking to the judge and ran out of the courtroom in the middle of the case. Buffett tried to face his fears and sign up for a speech class but dropped out because it was too scary. And Jefferson’s phobia was so severe that even as President he sent thousands of letters rather than attending events in person.
Yet all three of these men were able to push through their innate terror and accomplish incredible things. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, doubled the size of the country and made it illegal to import slaves; Gandhi led the entire nation of India to peacefully gain their freedom from England; and Buffett has used his financial skill to amass a net worth of $62 Billion.
The Other Side
But the truly amazing and fascinating part about breaking through this fear is that after a man has gone through it and looks back at what he’s done, his perspective is very different from the other side.
Jamie Foxx is someone who knows what the wall looks like from both sides. Adopted by blue-collar workers as a boy, Foxx worked his way up from playing piano in church to winning a Grammy, a Golden Globe and an Oscar for Best Actor in 2004.
“What’s on the other side of fear?” he says. “Nothing….[A]ll of it is in our heads. When we talk about fear or lack of being aggressive, it’s in your head.”
It’s a fantasy. A chimera. Smoke. Mirrors. When we look into the future and see something terrible, we’re not seeing the truth. Instead we’re watching a shadowy reflection of our current beliefs about the world.
Fear is the gateway. It is the test, the black guard, the monster that protects the prize. The only way to get the treasure we seek is to kill it.
We must fight our way through.
Just like a Taekwondo master, even if our challenge is made of solid rock we can become strong enough to break it. Others have before us. Others will after us.
Now is our time. Now is our chance.
Break through to the other side. Fight your fear. Destroy every obstacle. Obliterate all excuses. Search every dark and secret place until you finally find the key to your treasure.
Are you ready to change your life?
Are you ready for greatness?
Then do it today. Now. This second.
Begin your quest. Start your journey. Find your weapons. Learn the skills. Master your challenges.
Punch through to the other side. You can do it. We believe in you. If you need our support, contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org anytime. We’re always interested in helping in any way we can.
Until next time, Stay Superior!