Rich Habits Word of the Day
Cowed – Afraid, fearful. Tom would not be cowed by his fear of rejection and decided to take the baby step of starting his new book.
Rich Habits Fact of the Day
The world famous minister, Joel Osteen, sells out places like Yankee Stadium and speaks live to 40,000 a week who visit Lakewood church every Sunday (the mega-church meets in Houston at the former Compaq Center). Osteen says the week before his first sermon in 1999 marked the worst days of his life. “I was scared to death,” he says. At the time he knew very little about speaking or preparing a message. In fact he was perfectly content to sit behind the video camera during his father’s sermons. When his father passed away, Osteen’s wife and family encouraged him to take the stage.
Osteen did not overcome his fear for a long time. The conversations he heard didn’t help. “I overheard two ladies say, ‘he’s not as good as his father.’ I was already insecure and—boom—another negative label.” Words, he says, are like seeds. If you dwell on them long enough they take root and you will become what those words say you’ll become—if you let them. Osteen says negative labels—the ones people place on us and the labels we place on ourselves— prevent us from reaching our potential.
Rich Habits Lesson of the Day
Fear rears its ugly head in the face of change. Even if that change is good, fear can hold you back. Do not confuse fear with intuition. Fear is a Poverty Emotion. Giving into fear is a Poverty Habit. Wealthy, successful individuals have made it a Rich Habit not to give into fear. Fear is one of those limiting beliefs that hold many of us back. The key to overcoming fear is to make a habit of overcoming fear by embracing small change in your life through baby steps and leaning in, just a little. Small baby steps help you to gain momentum. Each time you conquer your little fears, you gain confidence to face the larger ones. Once you overcome your larger fears, the experience will give you confidence to embrace change and not fear it.