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Facing Fear to Seek Change

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Commentary by Marylyn B. Schwartz

RISMEDIA, Dec. 10, 2007-There is a frightening folk tale of unknown origin about a terrifying giant who stands 10 feet tall, has a mane of unruly red hair and a fierce wild red beard. He carries a massive axe. Every year on the same day he comes down from the mountains and terrorizes the villagers by challenging one poor brave soul to a fight. Each year the brave soul who accepts the giant’s challenge, in order to save every other villager from certain death, is slain on the spot never having even drawn his sword. The giant laughingly mocks the countenance of the poor terrified little soul and then crushes and beheads him with his axe.

This awful scene is repeated year after year until one day a young prince comes to town and inquires, “Why are the villagers so sad and seem so frightened?” He is told that on that very day the giant will come down from the mountains and challenge someone to what will be his certain death. The prince, enraged by the audacity of the giant, takes the challenge upon himself. When the giant shouts out for his challenger to come forward and face him, it is the young price who strides out of the gate to meet his opponent.

The prince, although brave, is struck by the sheer enormity of the giant and frightened by his shocking appearance. Yet, summoning up all of his courage he walks toward the giant brandishing his sword and never taking his eyes off of the giant’s horrible face. Then a very strange thing begins to happen. The giant, rather than appearing larger as the prince approaches, begins to shrink. The prince stops and stares in astonishment at the giant, he is only five feet tall. The prince continues bravely forward and stops and stares again. Now the giant is only twelve inches tall. The young prince takes his sword and plunges it into the giant’s wicked heart. As the giant lies dying, the prince bends down and whispers into the giant’s ear, “Who are you?” And the giant, with his dying breadth, replies, “My name is Fear.”

How often are each of us faced with seemingly insurmountable, frightening tasks only to find that once we summon up our courage and push forward, we find stores of strength and fortitude that we had no idea we possessed. We have merely to begin the process, to take the first step forward to draw upon those inner reserves that remain hidden until we make the commitment to act. It is only when where we are becomes intolerable, that we decide and act upon the purpose we are driven to seek. We must go deep within to change, especially when what we seek to change requires us to face our fears.

With the New Year around the corner, what is it that you seek to change? What will you face that you’ve avoided for far too long? Forget making resolutions. We all know how long those last… Instead, make a promise to yourself that you will no longer allow your fears to control your life and the success you so richly deserve. You’ve made excuses; now make changes. Face the foes within, and as you move forward in your journey ask, believe and receive! Happy Holidays!

Marylyn B. Schwartz, CSP, is an expert in real estate and corporate sales training/management and team development. She is president of Teamweavers and a trainer for Leader’s Choice©. Contact her at www.marylynbschwartz.com, or e-mail: Teamweaver@aol.com.

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