Confronting Paper Tigers – Daily Quote


We waste precious time and energy worrying about events which never happen, opinions that don’t matter, approvals we don’t need. Our imagined fears are a dog pile of a thousand tiny terrors and a hoard of gargantuan doubts. They stop us before we begin. We must confront our paper tigers, name them for what they are if we want to succeed.

Fear is a mechanism that evolved for our safety. But Saber-toothed tigers and Mastodons became extinct ten thousand years ago. To move forward, we need to determine if our concerns have any validity. What would happen if our worst thought stood manifest before us? When we consider them, most worries are dismissible, while a handful may require mitigation. Then we are free to grab our heart’s desire and prepare for an amazing ride.

What fears are stopping you?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

15 thoughts on “Confronting Paper Tigers – Daily Quote

  1. Fabulous quote. I don’t know that it is just fears that hold us back, I think it is working hard, but not seeing the fruits of our labor materializing… so we GET TIRED with the hard journey. This is when we need a bit of luck, a chance encounter with someone, a small miracle that restores our belief that we are INDEED on the right track, our efforts will be rewarded. AND it is not for some big materialistic reward, but for acknowledgment that what we are pursuing for our own self worth, passion, etc. is worth the hard work.

    LOL – I think we are ALL getting TIRED, but it’s not the end of the year yet, RIGHT!

    One of these days, we need to meet for coffee. 🙂

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  2. Oh I like this 🙂 Fears, well……yes, if it wasn’t for fear, I’m sure I would get a lot more done! Fear of wasting time, fear of the “what if’s….” is the big one for me. I need to be more Vulcan I think…..logical and less emotional. Interesting post 🙂

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