Think back to when you were a little kid (around 5-7 years old). What were you afraid of? Monsters under the bed, the dark, Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (he freaked me out!)? It could be any number of things that might seem silly now that we’re older, and supposedly wiser.
The sad thing is that the monsters and darkness come at us in different forms as we move through different stages of life. For me it’s speaking in public, eating vegetables, driving with my daughter, and I guess the FEAR of failure in general.
Babe Ruth said: “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”
I love to read about historical events. My favorite is military history. It always amazes me how certain men or women rise to the challenge regardless of the odds. I’m sure they are fearful, but they are more concerned with their cause or the lives of those they are leading to allow fear to rule them.
One of my all time beloved military leaders is Julius Caesar. Around 52 B.C. Caesar was in a major battle with some Gallic Tribes in France. Caesar had roughly 60,000 men under his command, while the Gaul’s were numbered at over 350,000 plus. That’s crazy, right? Caesar and his men were fearful of the numbers against them, but they didn’t fear death. They were afraid of defeat and the death of their brothers in arms. Caesar and his men laid siege to the walled city of Alesia. When Caesar heard that a relief force of Gaul’s were coming to attack him from behind, he didn’t retreat, he built walls on both sides of his forces. So, now he had the enemy walled up in front and in back of his much smaller force. The Gallic tribes thought they had the Great Julius Caesar trapped and defeated. No WAY! Caesar did the unimaginable. He attacked! It caught the enemy completely off guard and Caesar won a miraculous victory!
Julius Caesar said: “As a rule, men worry more about what they can't see than about what they can.”
I have many fears as I’m sure all of you do. Let’s make a pact that we will not allow fear to rule our lives. Let’s take chances. Take that AP class, join a club, and talk to that girl or boy you think is cute, or maybe that you think needs a friend or a nice compliment. Yes, it is scary out there, but together as SKYHAWKS we can overcome and succeed.
Remember: Spirit, Heart, Honor, Success -Brett White