Motivational Quotes About Fear & Being Afraid

Are you afraid right now?

Need some strength and courage?

Here are over 1000 of the best inspirational and motivational quotes and sayings about overcoming your fears.

Whether it is fear of the unknown, fear of change, or fear of failure, facing your fears is going to be the most important decision you will ever make in your life.

Life will slow down and it will nearly be impossible to move forward and become the best version of your self until you do so.

And the first place you must start is with your mind.

The most important thing you must understand is that fear is your friend.

It is a signpost or “reflection” that is telling you, “Hey…you have a belief that is out of alignment with your true self. You need to look at this!”

So don’t push it away, welcome it into your life and say, “Thank you for teaching me that I have a negative belief about something that I was not aware of.”

Once you own it, then you can change it.

Your most powerful ally is going to be your mind.

This is why we have aggregated over 1000 of the best quotes and sayings about fear that will help to inspire and motivate you to overcome them.

So bookmark this page and read these quotes any time you need to get pumped up!

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Our fears reveal what we care about the most.

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

Never let your fear decide your fate.

F.E.A.R. has two meanings – Forget Everything And Run OR Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.

Do what scares you until it doesn’t.

Never let your fear decide your future.

F.E.A.R. – False Evidence Appearing Real

You must face your fears and limiting beliefs head-on to develop your self-belief. – Richard Parkes Cordock

Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. – James Baldwin

Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it. – C. JoyBell C.

Fear is temporary. Regret is forever.

When you fear your struggles, your struggles consume you. When you face your struggles, you overcome them.

The fears we don’t face become our limits. – Robin Sharma

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ― E.E. Cummings

Everything you want is on the other side of fear. Get over it.

Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t. – Rikki Rogers

Fear kills more dreams than failure ever will.

Be motivated by the fear of being average.

A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it’s built for. – Albert Einstein

If you want more joy, serve. If you want more money, solve problems. If you want more freedom, face your fears.

Everything you’re running away from is in your head.

Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail. – Bruce Lee

Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain. – Mark Twain

One day, your heart will stop beating, and none of your fears will matter. What will matter is how you lived.

Your largest fear carries your greatest growth.

Fight your fears and you’ll be in a battle forever. Face your fears and you’ll be free forever. – Lucas Jonkman

The greatest “mistake” you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. – E Hubbard

Once you become fearless life becomes limitless.

He who doesn’t fear death dies only once. – Giovanni Falcone

The beautiful thing about fear is, when you run to it, it runs away. – Robin Sharma

When your faith is stronger than your fears, you can make your dream happen. – Karen Salmansohn

Face your fears and stop allowing the mind to hold you captive. – Mooji

Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.

Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it. – Bear Grylls

Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.

Fear is not real. It is the product of thoughts you create. Danger is very real, but fear is a choice.

Somebody should tell us…right at the start of our lives…that we are dying. Then we might live to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. – Michael Landon

Fear is nothing more than an obstacle that stands in the way of progress. In overcoming our fears we can move forward stronger and wiser within ourselves.

Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. – Les Brown

If you live in fear of the future because of what happened in your past, you’ll end up losing what you have in the present.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. – Ambrose Redmoon

Miracles start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears. – Richard Wilkins

A strong person is not the one who doesn’t cry. A strong person is the one who cries and shed tears for a moment, then gets up and fights again.

Life is found in the dance between your deepest desire and your greatest fear. – Anthony Robbins

Do the thing you fear to do and keep on doing it…that is the quickest and surest way ever yet discovered to conquer fear.

Courage isn’t having the strength to go on – it is going on when you don’t have strength. – Napoleon

You gain strength and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

When you face difficult times, know the challenges are not sent to destroy you. They are sent to promote, increase and strengthen you.

What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? – John Green

Action is a great restorer and builder of confidence. Inaction is not only the result, but the cause, of fear. Perhaps the action you take will be successful; perhaps different action or adjustments will have to follow. But any action is better than no action at all. – Norman Vincent Peale

Go to your fears. Sit with them. Stare at them. Your fears are your friend. Their only job is to show you undeveloped parts of yourself that you need to cultivate to live a happy life. The more you do the things you’re most afraid of doing the more life opens up. Embrace your fears and your fears will embrace you. – Jackson Kiddard

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. – Jim Morrison

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. – August Wilson

Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles. It empties today of its strength.

Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. -Dale Carnegie

Limits, like fears, are often just an illusion. – Michael Jordan

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek. ― Joseph Campbell

Those that are brave enough to achieve success, will always choose success over fear. Familiarize yourself with success, and you will never let fear stop you again. – Nav-Vii

Don’t pray for an easy life. Pray for the strength to endure difficult times. – Bruce Lee

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy. – Dale Carnegie

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. – Plutarch

Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the best things that will ever happen to us.

He who has overcome his fears will truly be free. ― Aristotle

Reality of fear:
You’re not scared of the dark. You’re scared of what’s in it.
You’re not afraid of heights. You’re afraid of falling.
You’re not afraid of the people around you. You’re just afraid of rejection.
You’re not afraid to love. You’re just afraid of not being loved back.
You’re not afraid to let go. You’re just afraid to accept the reality that he’s gone.

You’re not afraid to try again. You’re just afraid of getting hurt for the same reason.

Laughter is poison to fear. ― George R.R. Martin

Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead. – Jerry Gille

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. – Marcus Aurelius

You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.

Fears are stories we tell ourselves.

It’s okay to be scared sometimes. Courage is the ability to face your fears not hide them.

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. ― Sigmund Freud

The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear. – Gandhi

There comes a time when you have to plant your feet, look your fear in the face, and say “You don’t get to control me anymore. – Mandy Hale

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It is there all the time. – Anna Freud

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ― Nelson Mandela

I breathe in my courage and exhale my fear.

Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. – Arthur Koestler

Fear is faith that it won’t work out.

Don’t give in to your fears. If you do, you won’t be able to talk to your heart. ― Paulo Coelho

When you face your fear, most of the time you will discover that it was not really such a big threat after all. We all need some form of deeply rooted, powerful motivation – it empowers us to overcome obstacles so we can live our dreams. – Les Brown

May my heart be brave, my mind fierce and my spirit free.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go. – T. S. Eliot

Smile and let everyone know that today, you’re a lot stronger than you were yesterday.

Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free. ― Jim Morrison

Sometimes the only thing left to do is to face your fears with nothing but a smile.

Always do what you’re afraid to do. ― E. Lockhart

Stand up and face your fears, or they will defeat you. – LL Cool J

Stay strong, make them wonder how you’re still smiling.

You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing. ― Emma Donoghue

Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will. – W. Clement Stone

Wake up everyday stronger than yesterday, face your fears and wipe your tears away.

You never know how strong you are… until being strong is the only choice you have. ― Cayla Mills

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.

Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. ― Veronica Roth

Do what you fear most and you control fear. – Tom Hopkins

Never be ashamed of a scar. It simply means you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. ― Paulo Coelho

You always have two choices: your commitment versus your fear. – Sammy Davis, Jr.

Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You got to keep going. – Chantal Sutherland

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. – Marie Curie

Sometimes you don’t realize your own strength until you come face to face with your greatest weakness. – Susan Gale

Go ahead, tell me that I’m not good enough. Tell me I can’t do it. Because I will show you over and over again that I can.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ― Marianne Williamson



1. Breathe

The first and most important thing you must do is stay calm and breathe.

The biggest mistake people make is that they allow the fear to take over to the point that they begin what is called shallow breathing.

This is where you take short breaths and this will increase your heart rate and causes panic attacks or anxiety.

So make sure to focus on your breathing.

2. Be Honest With Yourself

Many people try to run from and avoid their fears.

This causes a lot of problems because you cannot run from yourself.

Your fears have no place to go so they will come into your life and manifest in multiple ways until you face them.

So be honest with yourself and just say, “Ok, I am afraid of X and it’s ok. I am going to be okay.”

3. Write Them Down

Now that you are being honest with yourself, sit down for a few minutes and write down all of your fears.

For example, if you have just lost your job you could write down things like:

“I am afraid of not finding another job.”

“I am afraid of not making enough money.”

“I am afraid of being a failure in life.”

“I am afraid of becoming a homeless person.”

“I am afraid of what my friends or family are going to say or think about me.”

No matter how outlandish each fear must sound, just write them all down.

4. Face Your Fears

Now that you have written them all down, it’s time to face them.

Look at the piece of paper or Word/Google Doc and look at them.

Stare at them.

You are now facing your fears.

Then ask yourself these two questions:

A. Is this true?

B. What is the worst possible thing that can happen?

Many times our wild imagination runs amuck and makes things more than they actually are.

By facing your fears and asking yourself these questions, it will put them into perspective and your logical mind will start to realize how absurd most of these fears are.

Hopefully you start to laugh at yourself and realize that its nonsense.

5. Move Towards It

Now that you have faced your fears in your mind, its time to physicalize it.

You need to take action and move towards them so that you do not run from or avoid them.

This is what will make you stronger.

The truth is, our ego always fears annihilation.

This is all about “fear of death” at the very subconscious level.

Once your ego sees that everything is okay, then the fear will start ti dissipate one day at a time.

Little by little it will start to melt away because you will see that you are okay.


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