In my previous article I started sharing with you the first of the eleven characteristics associated with Climbers, i.e. Climbers have a burning desire to succeed. I said that I would share these eleven characteristics with you over the upcoming weeks (if you missed the first characteristic, you can read the post by clicking here).

The second characteristic that I would therefore like to share with you is,

2. Climbers do what they fear most

Fear governs most people’s lives. A climber however, does not allow fear to paralyse their growth. As they confront their fears they replace the fear with faith and self-confidence. This gives them greater personal power to deal with other challenges.

If a “quitter” comes across an obstacle along the path of life they turn around and walk away. When they come across another obstacle the obstacle is perceived by them to be larger than the previous one. In reality the obstacle is not any bigger physically, it is only perceived as such by the quitter. It is this perception that creates the fear. That is why the definition of fear has been given as False Evidence Appearing Real – “FEAR”

The “climber”, on the other h and, step-by-step knocks the obstacle down. It is this process that leads to achievement and success. Each step that they take is a winning experience. It builds, in the climber, greater self-belief, faith and self-confidence, so that when they are confronted by the next obstacle they have greater belief in their ability to deal with it.

Heber J. Grant said, “That which you persist in doing becomes easier, not that the nature of what you are doing becomes easier, but your ability to do has increased.”
The opposite of this statement also applies. That which you avoid doing becomes more difficult, not that the nature of what you need to do has become more difficult, but your ability to do has diminished. In other words fear takes over and paralyses you in your desire to change.

Shakespeare wrote “Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.”

Someone once said that courage is not the absence of fear, it is the conquest of it. Climbers realise this and therefore they embark on confronting the things they fear most.

Action Step:
Make a list of things that you fear, whatever they may be, and then start with the one that is the least fearful for you. This will help build up the courage to face the next fearful object in your life.

Leave a comment below about what fear you will be conquering this week and how you plan to do it – who knows – you might just inspire someone else to conquer their fears.

I wish you all the best as you begin to conquer your fears!

With Faith

-Dave Boreham