“Where your fear is, there is your task.”C.G. Jung
Read the quote? Of course, you have. Now, I want you to take a second look at the quote again. Read it out loud and take a second to reflect on it. Done? What was your understanding of it?
Well, this was the exact exercise I had to undergo the very first time I saw this quote. After a few seconds of thinking, I came into the conclusion that this quote is deep! Just a line but carries so much depth.
How often do you avoid doing things you are afraid of?
How many times do you tell yourself “I can’t do this” because you are afraid of making a fool of yourself by trying?
Are you afraid of failing?
Do you avoid going to places because you are afraid of the possibility of being noticed?
Do you avoid applying yourself where you’re inexperienced because you’re afraid you’ll fail?
Do you avoid introducing yourself to new people because you’re afraid they won’t like you?
Are you afraid of being you?
Well, that is where Jung’s quote comes to life. I find it to be a wake-up call, a ploy to get you to crawl out of your shell, to leave your comfort zone. Jung tells us that there is a lot of work to be done where we find our fears. He implores us to put a lot of work in overcoming our fears. He dares us to do more.
You see, fear is that unwelcomed visitor who comes to your house and makes you wonder why you let them in in the first place. When you let fear into your being, it takes hold of you and restricts you from a lot of things—it prevents you from reaching into yourself and being the best version of yourself. Fear can be uncomfortable and crippling.
Yet, Jung admonishes us to put in work in overcoming what we fear the most. What this quote asks you to do is no different from someone telling you to walk in a dark path, a road less travelled by people because of how dangerous the road is—how people get robbed each time they pass—just because you need to go through that path to get something valuable at the other end of the road. It is a hard task, really, a task with a lot of uncertainties, yet, you need this “valuable” item at the other end. So, you must make the walk. This is no different.
Overcoming your fears, facing your fears is not a task on a checklist you just do and cross out. It takes work, it takes time and a lot of effort to make that bold step towards getting out of your fear zone. And that, in fact, makes true Jung’s words that “there is your task”. It is hard but it is possible.
Here, Vincent Delta, a friend and fellow motivational writer has more to add to this…
These words of motivation by Samuel Beckett, a 20th Century English Literary Master; were words I first heard from one Game of Thrones’ most recognised actor Peter Dinklage ( known in GOT as Tyrion Lannister).
Never give up.
Try a little bit harder.
Keep that burning desire."
These will be my words to you reading this on this faithful day.
Change is an inevitable and a very classical feature of humans but yet one of the most feared. Day in, day out, many of us struggle with a factor I would like to call the fear factor. Getting used to one’s comfort zone is not quite an easy goal to achieve but stepping out of this much-deserved comfort zone for twice what’s bigger than one’s ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is even quite harder than imagined by anyone.
Every day is just another opportunity for us, humans, to get better at living life being better versions of ourselves than we were, the days past before today.
In Peter Dinklage’s words, “Raise the rest of your life to meet you. Don’t search for defining moments because the moments that defined you have already happened and they will already happen again.” This is a desperate call for you to live your life to the fullest before the worst happens because worse things come the worst and if you keep on waiting for the right to time to do something you ought to do now, you will die so many times before your real death.
I believe Vincent has said it all, you must get out of where you find comfort and face your fears. You must put in the effort to do things you are afraid of doing. Can’t stand in front of a lot of people to make a speech because you believe you have “stage fright”? Well, that’s defining. “I have stage fright, please.” You say these and you are off the hook, free as you will, to sit among the crowd and watch someone else take your place. But do you intend to live that way your entire life? Surely, you must start getting onto the stage. Start with a small crowd, where messing up won’t matter, move on to the next big one until you are on a stage, bigger and better, living out your true potential.
Think of other scenarios, of the other things you could be afraid of. Put in the task and be free.
Ps, Being fearless doesn’t mean eliminating fear. It means knowing how to leverage fear, how to make fear work for you rather than work against you.
This is a new year, a fresh start of some sort, a clean slate. Work on your fears and be the best version of yourself! Remember, you were made for greatness. You can do this!
What are you most afraid of? Let’s get talking in the comment below.
As you read up there, today, I featured another great writer who inspires me like no other. I wrote this piece together with him. Our second collaborative motivational piece actually.
Vincent Delta, a brother and a member of the Let Wolf Pack. He is a very great motivator and does a miracle under his Let_Delta_Motivate series!
More about the Guest writer:
Dela – Tamakloe Vincent is a Physician Assistant, a budding poet/spoken wordist and an enthusiastic chess player in his early twenties. He aspires to become an astronaut and a world-renowned best selling author.
He is not so much of an avid reader but he is a big dreamer, who hopes and works towards becoming a better version of himself every passing day.
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FB: Vincent Fruitty Delta