At the beginning of her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg asks the question; What would you do if you weren’t afraid? This terrifying question of fear often stands in the way of harmonising our thoughts and values with our desired actions. Sheryl continues: “And then go do it”.
How often do we, knowingly or unknowingly, allow fear to dictate our lives? This is a question I do think about a lot. We all have dreams we want to accomplish. Myself, I dream of traveling the world, starting my own company, living in Paris and the list goes on. Often these thoughts are followed by the fear of of failing, losing something, missing out or being judged. Fear though, is not the enemy, because the only restrictive fear is the one that holds you back from living your life. Therefore we need to decide what what we choose to do with it
For as long as I can remember I dreamed of living abroad. My life in Finland was my comfort zone, I knew exactly what to expect of everyday, but I always dreamed of something bigger. Hence, I applied to the Stockholm School of Economics, where I also got accepted. In August 2016 I cleaned out my apartment in Helsinki and packed everything and moved to Stockholm. Moving abroad, is definitely among the scariest things I have done. While it may be the scariest, it is surely also the best thing I have ever done. This decision has brought so many positive outcomes. I have met my best friends, created incredible contacts, and made so many unforgettable memories.
“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
― Paulo Coelho,
I have come to notice that the things that have scared me the most has also grown me as a person the most. Facing my fears keep me on the path of growth and continuous learning. Don’t let fear hold you back from doing the things you know in your heart must be done. Your life and the quality of it is determined by whether you are willing to face your fears – or not. Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of fear.