Destroy False Enemies
It’s based on a true story of a guy who took over a high school basketball program, and turned a bunch of failing hooligans into a group of self respecting young men.
When they would practice, usually doing drills, he would lean in close and ask, “What is your greatest fear?”
The idea being that if they could confront their greatest fear, they could do anything.
I watched a documentary on the life of Bruce Lee, and in it he kept having this dream of some dragon that he needed to fight.
He couldn’t accomplish his life’s purpose until he fought this metaphorical dragon.
All the classic stories and myths since the dawn of language involves some kind of conflict.
Man vs. Man.
Man vs. Nature.
Man vs. Himself.
All of these are stories to help US go inside and face OUR biggest fears.
Because until you DO face your biggest fear, it’s got a funny way of popping up everywhere.
Back when I was in sales and starting to learn all about NLP, I did an interesting exercise.
I practiced, alone, with some of my most feared sales objections, from the scariest people, according to my own imagination.
I would practice, out loud, overcoming my biggest, scariest objections.
Once I did that, they stopped coming in the real world.
Fear has a way of doing that.
Even if you don’t acknowledge you’ve got any fear, it’s still there.
And it will keep popping up, everywhere you look.
Only because you don’t look inside to confront it, it SEEMS like the “world” is against you.
But that’s really just a projection.
A quick subconscious Jedi mind trick you play on yourself to “protect” your ego.
It’s safe to blame the world.
It’s easy to pretend it’s not your fault.
It’s TERRIFYING to admit that you’ve some unresolved issues.
It’s even MORE TERRIFYING to confront them.
But as Yoda would say, “Confront them you must.”
There are many ways.
Actually going out and facing them, again and again.
Practice facing them in your imagination, until you’re ready for the real world. Kind of like shadow boxing.
Face them ANY WAY YOU CAN, and defeat them.
Because on the other side of your greatest fears, are life’s greatest pleasures.