overcoming fear: a video manifesto from harley roxanne

Harley is the creative mind behind Harley Roxanne. I recently spoke with her about her latest video manifesto and overcoming her own fears.

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Harley and I am a creative strategist, videographer, and photographer helping entrepreneurs engage people and build their brand through photo and video. In a very general sense, self expression for entrepreneurs.

Tell me about your manifesto. What inspired it?
The manifesto was sparked by the thought, “Why do we wait, why do we hesitate when it comes to pursuing goals?”

I came to the conclusion that every single negative thought, problem (like procrastination, low self esteem, negative attitude, even thinking about what we are capable of is scary) is a manifestation of fear in some way.

Are YOU a fearful person?
Yes, I’ve had my own share of fear that’s built up over the course of my life as well.

What are you most afraid of, and what action do you take to overcome that fear?
In a lot of ways I’m most afraid of success and realizing my potential.

It sounds backwards, I know, but with achieving success you need to push through existing fears AND deal with the uncertainty of not making it or failing when you get there. It’s scary stuff! I’m always reminded of the quote by Marianne Williamson, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” It’s so true.

To overcome that fear, I usually remind myself how disappointed in myself I’ll be if I don’t take action. In my case, the guilt and unpleasantness of not doing anything almost always outweighs the potential negatives of taking action and possibly failing. That, and I’ve been learning that things almost never turn out nearly as bad as you imagine they would, so it’s better to go for something than to not.

How can we spread the word about overcoming fear?
Wow, this is a good question. I would say sharing your success with overcoming fear with others.

The thing about fear is that its bark is worse than its bite, so to speak, so positive stories help with that demystification.

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