Whenever we talk about fear, I’m reminded of that scene from “The Karate Kid,” when the Cobra Kai karate instructor is barking at his students.
“Fear… does not exist in the dojo, does it?”
And his students shout back:
You see, fear is a powerful emotion.
And mastering your fear is not an easy task.
But here’s an interesting fact for you.
Did you know that fear is a double-edged sword?
It cuts both ways.
You see fear can both debilitate you AND empower you.
How do I know this?
Because fear is THE emotion that runs Hollywood.
And so Screenwriting Success Habit #5 is embracing fear!
Let me tell you something you already know.
At its worst, fear will cripple you, put its foot on your throat, and hold you down until you don’t get up again.
Fear is not to be trifled with, and is not to be taken lightly.
But here’s the remarkable thing.
You can also learn to USE fear as a tool, to help you gauge whether or not you’re moving closer to your screenwriting goals.
And it starts with the following question:
If what you want from this business is not matched directly by the actions to attain it, then what is it that you really want?
Let me put it to you this way.
If your desire to write is not immediately followed by the action of writing, then your desire is not to write.
Mull that over for a spell.
The other important thing you’ve got to consider are the specific fears that are preventing you from achieving your goals.
In fact, go ahead and take the time to write them down.
The end of year is the perfect time to do this.
Once you’re finished with this list, look it over, and then make a decision.
Make the decision that despite what is listed before you, despite how powerful and frightening these fears may seem, they will not stop you from achieving your dreams.
They hold no power over you.
Because if you are truly a writer, then it should be enough that you are doing what you desire most in the world… writing.
In Hollywood, the cards will fall where they may, and at some point, you simply don’t have much control over these outside circumstances.
What you CAN control though, is your ability to write.
And that should be immensely comforting to you.
Now tomorrow, we’re going to get more practical with a specific strategy on how you can overcome your fears.
I’m also going to tell you the story of two writers who overcame an incredible amount of fear and disappointment to achieve success in Hollywood.
You don’t want to miss this, so I’ll see you back here tomorrow.
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