A Criminal’s Confession About Fear

Photo Credit: Krissy Venosdale (flickr.com)

Photo Credit: Krissy Venosdale (flickr.com)

I was watching Crime Fighters the other day on YouTube. A friend had sent me the link to the video. In the video, a notorious armed robber was making a confession about how he took out all his successful operations. For those of you who don’t know what Crime Fighters is; it’s a Nigerian TV program that shows the confession of apprehended criminals.

What got me thinking about his confession is when he was asked, “Do armed robbers also have fear?” His response was concise, “Yes, armed robbers do have fear too.” The interrogator asked, “But how do you overcome fear and go for operations successfully?” He said, “You just have to believe and do what you need to do.”

As a writer with a lot of ideas and projects on my table which fear is pulling them down to come into being. The armed robber’s confession about fear and what to do about it kept striking in my head. There is a valid point in his confession, but I’m not asking you to go and rob. My point is that, there are many things that we wanted to do, but fear is pulling us back. Yes, we all have that kind of plans, ideas, and projects and most of them are just only boiling down in our heads without taking action towards them. We are too afraid to start them; fear is crippling us down because if we fail, then we’re doomed.

Fear is real and it’s natural. We all want to be safe and we all want to be successful, but there’s something that fear is not telling you. What? Fear is not telling you that without failure there’s no success. Fear makes action to be illusory object. The action only takes place in our head and not actually doing. Fear knows that if we’re not doing, then we do not believe. So, it scares the hell out of us.

You can have thousands of plans but if you allow fear to cripple you down without taking action then all your plans are like the proverbial horse drawn in a book. It won’t take you anywhere.

Fear will always come. It’s always there in everything that we do. You can’t win over fear. Not even courage can do that for you. For courage is not the absence of fear. What do you have to do then? Just take the robber’s advice: “You just have to believe and do what you need to do.”
-MOAB © 2014

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