"The key to success is to focus our conscious minds on things we desire, not things we fear." - Brian Tracy
Don't know who Brian Tracy is - but he nailed it with that one. And yes, I conquered a fear today. I have an innate fear - I actually call it being a responsible adult - of climbing on a ladder without someone to hold it. Not a step ladder - that I can handle. No problem - do it all the time. But a real ladder - taller than me. (Which actually isn't saying too terribly much since I'm only 5'2" but still - you get the picture.)
Well, I had to get on the roof - definitely not a want to but a have to situation. So today was the day, came home from work. Pulled out the huge, long "lean to" extension ladder. (I don't really call mine "extension" because it doesn't extend - it's one length: long, taller than my roof - so I just call mine the "lean to".) Leaned it against the porch roof, braced myself, said a quick prayer, wondered if I should have let my neighbor know I was climbing up there & to come check on me if she hadn't heard from me in an hour, dismissed that thought & had faith... focused on what I desired: To climb the ladder, get on the roof, check out what had to be checked out, get back on the ladder (that's the scariest part for me by the way) & climb down. So I focused on that. The desired thing. Not the fear of falling or the fear of being stuck on the roof too terrified to take the step back to the ladder. But the desire. I put my consciousness (and my prayers) to work on that.
And yes, it was a success - obviously or I would not be sitting here typing the story. So focusing my conscious mind on the things I desire & not on the fear is the way to go (that & prayers - those most definitely help).
I came out triumphant! And ever so happy about it.