Decision Making & The Terror Barrier

Can you recall the first time you came face to face with your Terror Barrier? Mine is etched on my imagination…

I was working for a company and the owner got ill and asked if I would buy the business form him.I went to the bank and asked to borrow £10,000 with no money down. It was August 1991 and a very hot sunny day. I remember asking the bank manager with fear and terror, my whole body was shaking, £10,000 just seemed to be so much money, I had convinced myself it was going to be a no but to my surprise the bank manager said yes, however there was a but, I had to agree to a 16% interest rate and someone to act as a guarantor for the full amount.

When you compare that to today’s rates it was certainly a little expensive. The problem is, fear can feel like a very real entity. What you think in your head is often acted out in your body. When faced with their Terror Barrier, people will actually break out in a cold sweat, find themselves covered in sudden hives, and even feel their hearts palpitate.However the excitement and thrill that I gained there is no explanation.I was now a business man, my own business. You see, your perception IS your reality! That’s how soundly your paradigms of “no” and “it can’t be done” are grounded in your Mind. Your comfortable mind will do anything it can think of to back you away from the “danger” of the unknown, just as it had me backing down those diving-board stairs.

In James Allan’s classic, As a Man Thinketh, he mentioned that fear can kill a person faster than a speeding bullet. While coming up against your Terror Barrier might not kill you physically, it certainly kills something inside you – like it did that day I stood on the diving board.3 steps to becoming a wrecking ball on your own Terror Barrier1. Do it scared. Just keep marching, no matter how badly your feet want to stay rooted to the ground. Refuse to permit this negative demon to control you, your emotions…your future.2. Expect the enemy. Remember – the Terror Barrier rears its ugly head every time we attempt to make a major move in life into an area we have never travelled before. It’s as natural as day and night. Where before you used to let it stop you cold, now you can simply shrug and tell yourself, “Oh, there it is again. Well! This must really mean something great to me!”3. Keep your eyes on the prize. Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” That is excellent advice. You may not know exactly what lies on the other side of your Terror Barrier, but there’s no question that once you get there, you’ll be that much closer to your goal.If your goal doesn’t scare and excite you at the same time, you’re going after the wrong goal. Begin to visualise yourself successfully wrecking that Terror Barrier of yours. Mentally see yourself winning, and you will liberate yourself from the crippling emotional state that the Terror Barrier causes. Remember, perception IS reality!One minute I’d be very excited about doing this kind of work and the next I’d feel like I’d stuck my hand in an electric socket. My central nervous system was going berserk!You’ve probably experienced something similar when pursuing your own goals and dreams.Most people are reluctant to step out and act on a big idea for fear of what they will lose. Yet, if we’d stop and think about it, we’d realise the worst that can happen is usually not all that bad yet the best that can happen is generally incredible.

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