By the late Jim Rohn 1930 – 2009

We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with
fear.  Maybe some of our fears are brought on by your own
experiences, by what someone has told you, by what you’ve
read in the papers. Some fears are valid, like walking alone
in a bad part of town at two o’clock in the morning. But once
you learn to avoid that situation, you won’t need to live in
fear of it.

Fears, even the most basic ones, can totally destroy our
ambitions. Fear can destroy fortunes. Fear can destroy
relationships. Fear, if left unchecked, can destroy our
lives.  Fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us.

Let me tell you about five of the other enemies we face from
within. The first enemy that you’ve got to destroy before it
destroys you is indifference. What a tragic disease this is.
“Ho-hum, let it slide. I’ll just drift along.” Here’s one
problem with drifting: you can’t drift your way to the top of
the mountain.

The second enemy we face is indecision. Indecision is the
thief of opportunity and enterprise. It will steal your
chances for a better future. Take a sword to this enemy.

The third enemy inside is doubt. Sure, there’s room for
healthy skepticism. You can’t believe everything. But you
also can’t let doubt take over. Many people doubt the past,
doubt the future, doubt each other, doubt the government,
doubt the possibilities and doubt the opportunities. Worse of
all, they doubt themselves.  I’m telling you, doubt will
destroy your life and your chances of success. It will empty
both your bank account and your heart.  Doubt is an enemy.
Go after it. Get rid of it.

The fourth enemy within is worry. We’ve all got to worry
some.  Just don’t let it conquer you. Instead, let it alarm
you. Worry can be useful. If you step off the curb in New
York City and a taxi is coming, you’ve got to worry. But you
can’t let worry loose like a mad dog that drives you into a
small corner. Here’s what you’ve got to do with your worries:
drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get you,
you’ve got to get it.  Whatever is pushing on you, you’ve got
to push back.

The fifth interior enemy is over-caution. It is the timid
approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue; it’s an illness.
If you let it go, it’ll conquer you. Timid people don’t get
promoted. They don’t advance and grow and become
powerful in the marketplace. You’ve got to avoid over-caution.

Do battle with the enemy. Do battle with your fears. Build
your courage to fight what’s holding you back, what’s keeping
you from your goals and dreams. Be courageous in your life
and in your pursuit of the things you want and the person you
want to become.

To Your Success,
Jim Rohn

Years ago I studied Jim Rohn’s wisdom. While purging files today I found ‘Facing Enemies Within’. A timely reminder for me, what about you?

Doreen Ann Agostino
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