My wife “confiscated” the remote for our TV at 8:58pm Friday April 24th, 2015.

“It’s the Bruce Jenner interview!”

She called her mom to make sure she was watching too.

I thought to myself, “Oh great, more reality TV nonsense.”

However, to my surprise, I learned a great lesson about life and how fear affects all of us.

Fear by definition is, a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc.,whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid.”

The key words in this definition are “real or IMAGINED.”

Regardless of what our views are in regards to Bruce Jenner and his decision. What we cannot deny is his ability to achieve success by overcoming fear while running away from it and facing it head on.

Fear can either paralyze you or propel you to new heights of success.

The majority of our fears are false. They are simply our minds creating false realities that seem real.

I began running track in 7th grade to lose weight. I had been the “fat kid” for most of my childhood. However, my fear of always being the “fat kid” actually drove me to levels of success I never dreamed of in long distance running. Ultimately, it created an unwavering NEED to keep running and the more I ran the faster I got. The faster I got, the more success I achieved. The more success I achieved, the more I learned about escaping fear by hard work and dedication. Like Jenner, in the sport of track and field, I too learned that I could literally run away from what I was afraid of.

The problem I had was the fact that my success was based on running away from fear. It wasn’t until I faced new fears in the career world that I finally realized the relief of facing fear head on and overcoming it.

Imagine being so afraid of something that you devote your life to proving that you are the ultimate human being in an area of life and success. Bruce Jenner pushed himself so hard to become the “ultimate male” that he finally achieved it. However, it was not until now that he embraced his fears and faced them head on. No matter what we achieve while running away from fear STILL leaves us frightened.

We all have our fears. Some real, but most imagined. Our minds can play out scenarios that are MUCH worse than what would ever truly happen.

My challenge to you my fellow leaders is to analyze your current fears. Are you running away from them or are you finally meeting them head on?

No fear is created equal. No personal situation is the same. However, how we react to our fears will determine whether our victories of overcoming them will be short-lived or everlasting.

Are your fears real?

I am looking forward to your fears being overcome face to face my friends.

Enjoy your day!

-ibbjames