Action Cures Fear

December 17, 2018

Today’s post is from something I wrote almost 10 years ago about overcoming Fear in life.  I think it applies to our businesses, to our relationships, and to our understanding of the future.  I hope this encourages you today.

(From – April 15, 2009)

Action Cures Fear

When I was growing up, my Dad would use acronyms for everything he wanted to give us advice about.  I guess it was his way of remembering for himself what he was trying to teach us.  Being a Navy officer, he was used to acronyms for everything and so it just naturally fit for his parenting to carry some of that “military” jargon into our family.

H.I.T.H meant Hang in there Honey!

K.O.K. meant “Kinko-Konnie” (which was Dad’s term for whiny butt, which he used whenever my sisters and I were being whiny butts, not getting our own way as kids) It also sounds a lot like “Pinko Commie”, which I believe was a derogatory term for Soviet communists. But that’s another story altogether. 🙂

There was L.W. for us which meant, “Last Word”.  This was describing our inability to allow a conversation to end (or argument really) without being the one to say the Last Word.   I was LW quite a bit.

And then there were times when Dad gave us acronyms to remind us how to become principled people, building character into us and teaching us to overcome obstacles, problems, and circumstances in life.

I’m sure there were many Dad gave us, but the one that has stuck with me the most over the years is ACF.

Action Cures Fear.

I remember many times when embarking on something new and uncertain, when fear was great and courage was distant, Dad would remind me with this simple acronym that action is the cure for fear.

The Coming Year

As I look forward to 2019, I begin to ask myself questions about the coming year in anticipation for new frontiers, new relationships to be built, and new business plans and goals to be reached.

I don’t know about you but thinking about the future causes me a certain anxiety as I think about the success of this past year and wonder, “Can I pull that off again next year?”

I want to offer some encouragement to you today as you embark on the new adventure that is 2019 in a couple of weeks.

When you find yourself in a position where you are afraid of the future, simply act.  Do something that is constructive and that is going to produce results.  You may not see the effects immediately.  But you will feel the fear lifting away.  Fear isn’t real.  It is an emotion.  Action is real.  And it overtakes fear 1000 to 1.

Whatever you fear, head right into.  I think you’ll find that action is the cure for fear.  And maybe, just maybe, you’ll find courage you didn’t know you had.


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