Fearless: a good or bad thing?


I don’t think it’s a good idea to be fearless, which was actually last week’s  Wednesday Word, but apparently I can’t put posts on my calendar on the right days. You can read my thoughts on dilemma here.

Fear exists for a reason — to protect us. If we have no fear, we’d cross a street against the traffic lights or just wander in streets at will, put our hand on a hot burner, jump off a building because everyone else was doing it — you get the idea!

So I think we can all agree being fearless is not such a good thing.

Courage is not the absence of fear, it’s overcoming it.
–Natalie Dormer

Being fearful, on the other hand — no, that’s not a good thing, either.

Giving into our fears is just as bad as ignoring our fears. It holds us back from trying new things, from meeting new people, from leaving our house, from doing things alone — being fearful is stressful and it sucks all the fun out of life.

I am not fearless.I get scared plenty. But I have also learned how to channel that emotion to sharpen me.
–Bear Grylls

No, I am definitely not fearless. Sometimes fear does hold me back from things, but I also work to overcome fears:

  • Fear of being injured if I run too hard or too far
  • Fear of meeting new people
  • Fear of asking for help
  • Fear of looking foolish

If I gave into my fears, or the people in my life that have expressed fears/concerns, I never would have:

  • Started my own business
  • Started running
  • Ran that first race
  • Ran that first half marathon
  • Stayed with my boyfriend after graduating college (now my husband of 30+ years)
  • Moved to 4 different cities where I/we knew no one

Fearless isn’t good, but neither is being fearful. The sweet spot is getting out of our comfort zone while still listening to that little voice inside us.

Deb Runs

What fears have you overcome?

What you accomplished despite your fears?