If you want to know how afraid of spiders I am, just ask my fiancee Jayne. The other day she watched me accidentally walk into a spider web and proceed to scream like a six year old girl and dance like a character in Stomp The Yard.
Yet, as I write this, I'm on my patio lounging on a chair—and there's a spider chilling on his web next to my face. Honestly, I'm sort of afraid he's going to jump from his web and latch himself onto me with his spider teeth, but the longer I sit here the less afraid I become.
For the 20 minutes I've been here he hasn't moved and is probably either asleep or staying still so a bug will fly into his trap (so he can lock down some lunch).
The things that scare us so much? Maybe they aren't so scary once we decide to take a chance and sit next to them.
Whether the things we fear are spiders, failure, challenge, lack of resources or comfort, the criticism of other people, or anything else we tend to avoid out of fear, we often learn that nothing is as bad as we think once we take a breath and face the fear.
What are your fears?
Are you avoiding them for the right reasons?