Facing the Enemies Within

by Jim Rohn

We are not born with courage, but neither are we born with fear. Maybe some of your fears are brought on by your own experiences, by what someone has told you, by what youíve read in the papers. Some fears are valid, like walking alone in a bad part of town at two oíclock in the morning. But once you learn to avoid that situation, you wonít 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 youíve got to destroy before it destroys you is indifference. What a tragic disease this is. "Ho-hum, let it slide. Iíll just drift along." Hereís one problem with drifting: you canít 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, thereís room for healthy skepticism. You canít believe everything. But you also canít 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. Iím 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. Weíve all got to worry some. Just donít 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, youíve got to worry. But you canít let worry loose like a mad dog that drives you into a small corner. Hereís what youíve got to do with your worries: drive them into a small corner. Whatever is out to get you, youíve got to get it. Whatever is pushing on you, youíve got to push back.

The fifth interior enemy is over-caution. It is the timid approach to life. Timidity is not a virtue; itís an illness. If you let it go, itíll conquer you. Timid people donít get promoted. They donít advance and grow and become powerful in the marketplace. Youíve got to avoid over-caution.

Do battle with the enemy. Do battle with your fears. Build your courage to fight whatís holding you back, whatís 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

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