Fear Can't Stop You


Valor /val-er/ noun
  1. heroic courage when facing tough decisions 

"If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.”

For the Parent::Battle Cry

Too often we let fear stop us from trying something new. Too often we let fear stop us from trying something new. It could be fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of the unknown, perhaps even fear of success. While fear is a helpful tool for avoiding tragedy, it can be a stopper for trying new things. While fear is a helpful tool for avoiding tragedy, it can be a stopper for trying new things. You can’t let fear keep you from that next step in your life. You can’t let fear keep you from that next step in your life. If you do, you and those who love you could miss out on amazing opportunities. When faced with a new situation that scares you, ask yourself, “am I afraid because it is dangerous for me and my family, or am I afraid because I might fail?” If the answer is fear of failure, then rally your valor and take that next step.

For Your Son::Call to Arms

Ask this question: Can you control your reaction to fear? How you respond to fear is totally up to you. Our bodies are designed to have two main responses, run or fight. If you are in the woods and see a bear, you may choose to run. But if you are afraid of failing a tryout at school, choose to fight it. If you see a friend being bullied and are afraid to help, let your valor give you the courage to stand by him. If you see a friend being bullied and are afraid to help, let your valor give you the courage to stand by him. Don’t let fear keep you from all the wonderful opportunities that come your way. Don’t let fear keep you from doing the right thing. Dig deep, find the valor to face your fears, and try. You may fail, but that is not the point. Having valor doesn’t mean we will win or be successful, valor allows us to overcome fear and try.

Weekend Activity

Create “Fear Flash Cards” with some random categories. Some may be fear that protects us, like keeping away from a snake. Others may be fears we should fight, like trying out for the football team or helping someone in need. When you hit a “fear to respect” have your child run away. When you hit a “fear to face,” have them stand firm. When you are finished, discuss facing fear.