False Evidence Appearing Real by Brenda J Wood

That’s it, folks! The one thing that holds us back is fear, better known as F- False E-Evidence A-Appearing R-Real.

That’s your real problem. It’s not lack of time or children or job or weather or sick parents or anything else you can name.

Your real problem is fear.

Before you get too touchy, let me tell you that I have the right to call you on this because I learned to walk through my own fears.

It was not fast, easy or even something I welcomed, but my own health required it.

I was a closet (I thought) bulimic for many years. I feared that others would find out. The truth is that others did know, but they didn’t want to bring it up either. (Pardon that pun!)

A bulimic needs to talk about their inner pain, but they feel they can’t or shouldn’t, and so, they don’t. Instead, they suffer, and those around them suffer too. (You can read about my escape from fear in Meeting Myself, Snippets from a Binging and Bulging Mind.)

You have your own fears and they are keeping you from writing your truth.

Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.

Did you catch that? It’s what we think . . . not what is actually true.

When we are afraid to use the actual word, we substitute some of what I call the ABCs of Fear. Circle the ones that define your fear:

Anxiety, alarm, agitation, angst, apprehension, apprehensiveness, antipathy, aversion
Butterflies (in the stomach), bugbear, bogey, blue funk
Consternation, the creeps, complex, the collywobbles
Dread, dismay, distress, disquiet, disquietude, discomposure, doubt
Fright, fearfulness, foreboding
Horror, the heebie-jeebies
Irrational fear
Misgiving, mania
Nightmare, neurosis, nervousness, nerves
Obsessive fear
Panic, perturbation, phobia
Suspicion, the shakes
Terror, trepidation, timidity, twitchiness
Unease, uneasiness, unrest
Worry, the willies

Now that you have faced down your fear, write your heart out.

Brenda J. Wood is a motivational speaker and author.

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1 comment

  1. So good, Brenda! Thank you!

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