Guest post: Overcome fear and embrace your purpose with Dr. Gwen

Gwendolyn Smith, Ph.D.

Gwendolyn Smith, Ph.D.

I am Dr. Gwen, a Spiritual, Energy Healing, Business Success, and Life Coach. I help spiritual entrepreneurs, leaders, and practitioners take consistent, purpose-driven actions without fear and hesitation to achieve meaningful success.

Embrace Your Purpose: Overcome Fear and Unlock Your True Potential

Are you feeling stuck in certain areas of your life, unable to move forward towards your dreams and aspirations? There are three main reasons that I’ve identified that cause people to feel stuck. 

We’ll discuss one of them here: Fear. It’s one that most people are able to commonly identify, though the reason for the fear is seldom less obvious.

Fear can be a formidable obstacle that holds you back from fully realizing your purpose. It has the power to shackle your true potential and keep you from living a life of fulfillment, joy, and significance. Yet, fear can be overcome in the moment, propelling you forward. Finding and following your purpose is a key process in breaking free from fear-imposed limitations. 

In this blog, we will explore the nature of fear, the significance of purpose, and how overcoming fear can lead to a transformative life of ease and flow.

Definition of fear and significance of purpose:

Fear is a common emotion that arises in response to perceived threats or challenges. It can manifest as procrastination, anxiety, or a feeling of being stuck or paralyzed. 

On the other hand, purpose is the driving force that gives meaning to your existence. It is the deep-seated reason that propels you forward in life, guiding you towards your dreams and aspirations. It is the medicine you carry that is intended to heal or make a difference in the lives of others. Purpose has a spiritual flavor. It’s tied to your intuitive sense and an inner calling which is best manifested as an outgrowth of your passions.

We each came to this planet with a purpose, a signature blueprint of how that medicine that we carry will manifest for others.

It is the work that will truly make your heart sing…. that will add spark to your day and life to moments of drudgery.

If you find that life is a drag, then you’re likely not engaged in living your purpose. I’m fully aware that life can also be a drag for other reasons, for example, if you have prolonged physical symptoms. But there are possible ways to get to your purpose work which can add more interest to your day, giving you something different to look forward to, as well as helping to create a sense of purpose. This can help you to get through the tough times and make life much more worthwhile.  

Your purpose is unique:

Living a life of purpose looks different for everyone. It doesn’t require a huge platform to impact millions of people. You can make an impact in your own small way, one person at a time. We all have an internal compass that guides us along the path to our purpose-filled lives. It is in following this blueprint that we encounter our greatest potential and fulfill all that we are meant to be.

Start by adding things that ignite you into your routine:

I recommend starting by creating an inventory of the activities that you love to do. Ask yourself what ignites you? What makes you happy when you think about doing them? Then filter this list to the activities that align with your current possibilities and then incorporate them in your daily routine, or as often as possible. If it does involve you connecting with others, think about ways that you can make it happen, even if you do have limited mobility. 

Tell others what you’re up to and invite them to help you set up the initial process so you can be in flow when you get started. Many people love to help with a cause. 

Alongside this, accepting and embracing your circumstance, instead of seeing it as something to get away from, creates an internal mental dynamic which loosens the grip of drudgery on you so you have a better outlook on each of your possibilities. 

Even in our least physically strong moments, we can still be all that we are meant to be. That “all” might only be 5%, but it is our best at the time. 

You don’t have to miss out on this purpose-driven path and live miserably. So many people do. And even for those who have unleashed their purpose, fear can stand in the way of its delivery to the world.

But fear is not an excuse to give up on our purpose. It is simply a challenge that we must overcome.

Is the fear of failure getting in your way?

For people who’ve already had a glimpse of what their purpose is, one of the most common fears that hinder them from following their purpose is the fear of failure; the worry of not succeeding in one’s pursuits. Many people identify themselves as failures when they don’t achieve a particular goal. 

However, it’s helpful to remember that failure to achieve is not synonymous with you BEING a failure. They’re completely different. 

The former is as a result of not taking actions or taking misaligned actions with the intended results. You did something that did not work, or failed to act, resulting in failure. But by definition, you are not a failure. 

It’s the persistent application of societal labels to ourselves that often keeps us stuck. 

That too is a source of fear: how you will be labeled if what you attempted did not work. 

Letting go of other people’s expectations:

But what if you ditch the labels and attach little or no significance to what others think of you, over your own intuitive guidance? This makes an enormous difference, and it does take some practice.

Learning to work through what others thought of me was pivotal in my journey to finding my purpose. Before I had a clear sense of what I was meant to do, I was constantly shifting my focus and worrying about what my friends would think of me if I left my “good executive job.” But I realized that I couldn’t live my life based on other people’s expectations. I had to follow my own path, even if it meant risking their disapproval.

Overcoming the fear of change:

Another source of fear is the fear of change. It’s the same coin wrapped up with fear of the unknown. The fear of leaving familiar territories and venturing into the unknown can be overwhelming. The fear of stepping into the realm of the unseen can create doubts and anxieties about the future, making it difficult to follow your purpose, or to even want to explore what it is, for fear of what it may require. 

When I finally walked away from my job, while in the midst of one of those focus-shifting moments, the fear of not knowing if I’d be able to financially sustain myself came up.  There were times when I wanted to give up, but I kept going because I knew that it was the right thing for me.In retrospect, making plans for the ‘unknown’ (whatever you fear that to be) would have relieved a lot of stress.  I now coach my clients to ask what the worst thing is that could happen if their fears materialize, then make a plan to address it, should it happen. 

The path to your purpose will always result in a life of deep fulfillment and satisfaction as long as you get out of your own way and flow with what comes. By embracing it and making plans to support it, you can evolve and align yourself with your higher calling. There is untapped abundance in following that path: abundant joy, health, love, it’s magical!

Unlocking your purpose:

I teach people to identify and ignite their top five passions and apply them in their lives. Some of my clients have experienced increases in their business incomes when they do this.

It’s not surprising, however. Because following your passions raises your vibration. When your vibration is higher, you attract more favorable things in all areas of your life. You are a holistic being, therefore ‘everything affects everything.’ 

Your passions make your heart sing. They increase flow and ease in your life. 

Passion is the gateway to unlocking your purpose. 

When your passions are aligned with your purpose you become unstoppable. Embracing and stepping into your purpose is a perfect antidote to fear. It can significantly minimize the impact of fear’s grip on you. 

Focus on the current step:

Overcoming the inertia caused by fear is accelerated when action is taken. When you are in motion, it’s no longer the fear that’s driving you. It’s now the desire to succeed, and you become focused on the step you’re taking so you can successfully finish it. Fear will however stall your actions when you make it the focus. As I intuited while climbing the mountains of Burkina Faso, taking one’s eyes off of the current step and looking ahead to the future will sabotage one’s best efforts. All you need to do is to focus on the current step. Stay present. 

The next step will open before the previous one is complete. Trust the process. When it opens, take it. 

If it doesn’t immediately, stay cool and go with the flow. Never fight. Fighting introduces resistance and stops the flow, introducing other fear factors. Each step, no matter how small, brings you closer to the life or goal you envision and to more ease and flow as you embrace it.

Dissolving deep-rooted fear:

At times fear can be deep-rooted, meaning that it’s ancestral in nature. It can also be absorbed from others in your surroundings. These are energies that can be dissolved by addressing them directly. Seeking support from mentors, like-minded individuals, or a supportive community can help you navigate through fear’s challenges.

There’s an opportunity to learn more about other factors that keep you stuck, and I’d love for you to join me. I’m hosting a free workshop: Break the Cycle of Stuck that will present three main reasons why people stay stuck, and what to do about it. 

Click HERE to learn more and to register.

The world is waiting for the light that only you can bring. Embrace your purpose, break free from limitations, and live a life of fulfillment and significance. Today, make the conscious decision to confront your fears with courage and embark on this transformative journey of self-discovery.

If you’re ready to embrace your purpose and unlock your true potential? Join me for the “Break the Cycle of Stuck” workshop, where we’ll help you identify why you’re stuck and what you can do to break free. Don’t let fear hold you back any longer. Let’s step forward together on this remarkable journey of self-discovery and transformation. 

Liz note: Dr. Gwen is one of my guides. You can find her on Instagram here and reach her through her website

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