“Never Take Counsel of Your Fears” – Andrew Jackson
I came across this quote recently and I wanted to share it and some of my thoughts about it with you all.
Andrew Jackson was one of our most influential Presidents…
He was born in the U.S. two years after his parents immigrated from Ireland. He endured a rough childhood. Participated in the Revolutionary War as a courier when he was a teenager and became a POW. War and disease spared none of his immediate family and he was orphaned at the age of 14.
He pursued a law career and entered into business. He was appointed as the commander of the Tennessee militia in 1801 and became a war hero in the War of 1812 for his defense of New Orleans. He earned the nickname of “Old Hickory” for his character of toughness around this time.
He goes on to become our 7th President of the U.S.
His many acheivements overshadow one other claim to fame he has. He is the ONLY U.S. President to have paid off the national debt.
I thought this was amazing when I read it. It is interesting to think that we have always been a debtor nation and will probably continue to be. My only question is, “What would Andrew Jackson do today if he were President?”
But I digress, this post is more about your fears and what to do with them. Jackson’s background helps us understand why he came up with this quote.
He was known for his toughness and accomplished a lot because of it. He gained a huge hatred for the British growing up. And in an ironic twist of fate that hatred produced a lot of good. He helped to secure America’s freedom from Britain.
If you are ever to accomplish any good in this world you must refuse to let fear stop you.
Fear will keep you from doing anything! It will paralyze you. Fear may keep you from harm, but it also keeps you from everything else as well.
Fear’s answer will always be a resounding NO!
Even when the outcome will be hugely beneficial, fear tells you the sacrifice will be too great.
Sure they could have surrendered at New Orleans, but at what cost? Fear tells you to surrender and spare lives. Courage tells you to fight and win your freedom!
Courage tells you to make their losses so great that they will never consider attacking you again.
This is the power that comes from courage, and freedom from fear.
Do you fear losing your job? Losing your pension or 401k? If you have recently become unemployed do you fear being unable to find another job with similar pay and benefits? Do you fear starting a business? Do you fear what other people think of you? Do you fear moving to a place with a lower cost of living? Do you fear that you are inadequate for the challenges that will come?
Fear tells you to freeze and do nothing, or to run away. Courage tells you to push through and overcome.
Like Winston Churchill who came after him said…
“This is the lesson: never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Most often the enemy we have today is fear itself. We must not listen to it. We must not yield to it. We must not give in to it. We must take it, and beat it into submission, and let courage stand tall over it. Then we will gain the freedom over fear which is rightfully ours…