The key is not to control fear, but to understand the nature and structure of fear. Fear is a product of thought. Fear does not even come into being until after a frightening episode is over and thought says – “that was scary!” During the incident itself, intelligence acts; fear only comes about when thought interferes. So the question is, can we understand our fears and eradicate them?
Not long ago people used to think that it just wasn’t physically possible for a man to run a mile in under four minutes. Of course, Roger Bannister proved them wrong in 1954. Nowadays, to run a mile in under four minutes is not that great of an accomplishment.
I once wrote that there isn’t a single person on this world who, when faced with the impossible, can’t recognize it, but at the same time, there isn’t a single person on this planet who truly accepts it.
But the way we react to the impossible ultimately depends on how much we want to conquer it. We might accept the challenge or we might give up without a fight. You see, when we feel we don’t have enough time to complete a certain task, we tell ourselves it’s impossible. If something hasn’t been done before, it’s impossible. We’ve got a million rules and laws that tell us how this world works. And we label what we don’t understand as being “impossible.” That’s fear! Now the way we react to it is our choice!