When the room is dark, I usually turn on the light so I can see.
Such an obvious thing to do.
I would say it’s common sense.
Unfortunately, as Steven Covey said; “what is common sense is not always common practice.“
Yesterday, I was exploring fears with a group of inspiring people.
And I realised that when it comes to fear, more often than not, I try to push through the darkness instead of turning on the light.
I put all my focus on the fear I want to overcome, trying to get stronger and better. Like when I wake up before dawn and, to avoid disturbing my partner, I try to get out in a pitch-black room only to hit something in the darkness and wake her up.
If pushing through darkness may have a sense when I’m sneaking out very early, I feel it doesn’t when it comes to fear.
It’s like the target fixation effect I know very well being a motorcyclist. Not only we go in the direction of our gave, but what we put our attention on, expands. I’ve learned it through experience. If I’m riding and I see a pothole on the road, I must move my gaze on the way around it as soon as possible. Because if I keep staring at it, I’m going to hit it.
If it’s dark, turn on the light.
In the case of fear, the light is love.
Yesterday, I put my fears aside, and I shifted my focus on how I can bring more love into what I do. So I can cast my fears away.