Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood —Marie Curie
About 90% hindrances to progress and personal development in the lives of many talented and gifted people is as a result of fear.
Fear is a great enemy that can cause stress, confusion, worries, failure and rejection. Sometimes, it makes you ask yourself unnecesary questions like “what if?” “What if they reject me?” “What if I fail the exam?” “What if I lose the job?” These questions are enemies of our peace and Success.
Dale Carnegie wrote, “An old man was asked what had robbed him of joy in his life. He reply was, things that never happened.”
Fear primarily is induced by lack of understanding. And to live in fear is to live in emotional prison.
Whatever it is that scares you, here are five Killer ways to help you cope with your day to day fears and anxieties.
1. Identify What You Are Afraid of
The reason why our fears have a tendency to become overwhelming and confronting, has to do with a simple lack of understanding. Bear it in mind that, whatever we fail to understand, we also fail to acknowledge, and therefore fail to comprehend the damage and impact that such behaviors can have on our physical reality. Find out what exactly you are afraid of.
2. Be Full of Optimism
Being optimistic helps you cope more easily with your fears. The more optimistic you are, the more confident you handle your fears. I am aware that, asking a pessimist to be optimistic is like asking a mango tree to produce grape. This isn’t possible. I know you can make a paradigm shift even if you are 100% pessimist.
3.Talk About It
Sharing fears takes away a lot of their scariness. Talk to a partner, friend or even a family member about it. Just the popular saying goes, “a problem shared is half solved.” If you can speak it out, you can overcome it.
4. Positive Self Talk/Affirmations
Inculcate in yourself the spirit of positive statement of your desired outcome or goal. These positive statements must be short, believable and focused like: “I CAN DO IT”, “I AM AMAZING”, “I HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO GO THERE AND SO IT”, “I’M CONFIDENT.” By repeating them over and over again, you build inroads into your subconscious mind, opening up the possibility of a new state of thoughts.
5. Face Your Fears
Avoiding fears only makes them scarier. Whatever your fear, if you face it, it will begin to fade. If you panic one day getting into a lift, for example, it’s best to get back into a lift the next day. Be bold in face of your fears.
I hope you enjoyed this article. If you have overcome any fears and would like to share your methods and strategies then please feel free to comment below.