Sometimes when I am in a coaching conversation with clients the word “fear” comes up in the conversation.

If I ask “What is the barrier here?”, a typical response may be fear—fear of failure, fear of letting someone down or simply fear of the unknown. It is a good word to explore as it is usually holding the person back from doing or accomplishing something. Often we find that the reason for the fear is unfounded because the lack of doing some specific action is worse than actually doing it.

Recently I have encountered a number of quotes about fear on blogs or in my readings. Two that have struck me as useful to keep in mind are:

“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield (author of Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books)

I love acronyms as they make things easier to remember. Here is one for the word fear that makes you think.

F-E-A-R has two meanings: 1) Forget Everything And Run or 2) Face Everything And Rise.      The Choice is Yours!    – (rapidlikes.com)

Think about what you fear and how it may be holding you up from achieving some great business or life goals.