Fear

Don’t let fear rob you of your life. If you let it, fear can get in the way of you becoming the “who” you are supposed to be. Fearful thoughts can come from many places, and many times they go all the way back to our childhood. But if we are to live in the “now” we can’t let the past dictate how we want to live our lives today.

Conquering fear is simply not listening to the negative ideas from the people around us. And especially not listening to our egos that put negative thoughts into our head, such as: Bad things will happen, there will be pain and suffering, you will fail, you’re too shy, not smart enough, you’ll embarrass yourself, and on and on.

“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” ~ Nelson Mandela

It’s easy to get caught up in fear because the times we are living in are very challenging. Many of us are out of work, or worry about losing jobs. The cost of living just keeps going up and of course, war is always looming over our heads. With all of this, the future can seem pretty bleak, and a perfect setup for fear to bloom, but don’t let it. Remember, most of the things we fear never happen.

Facing your fear and getting out of your comfort zone is also a great way of conquering it. Go ahead and walk right into that fear, instead of running from it. Once you do that, a wonderful feeling comes over you and it’s called “Confidence.” You become a new person in this mode and life is so much sweeter.

It may take time to rid yourself of fear, but as I always suggest, just take baby steps and you will get there. And when the day comes that your fear is gone, a new you will emerge ready to live the life you are destined to live.

Go out there and live your life “Fear Free.”

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5 thoughts on “Fear

  1. Helps to understand its source. Fear is the frustrated attempt to control that which we cannot.

  2. I love the litany (poem) against fear from the Frank Herbert book, Dune. It goes like this:
    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing……Only I will remain.”
    If I fear and let it run my day or a situation then what happens is usually not right. It is wise to have a practice like the litany and to seek prayerful peace and serenity before taking action. Our creativity is aided by God when we are willing to His will. Sometimes it only takes the willingness to face a fear in peaceful minded serene prayer that opens the creativity of living in God Will (solutions thinking).
    Thanks for posting this essay Michele.
    ~ Eric

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