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Fear, of course, manifests itself in a number of forms. For example, a man with a chronic inability to stay in a committed relationship might fear being loved, probably as a side effect of growing up unloved himself. Fear can also manifest as more solid mental health issues such as anxiety and phobias. Fear may also lead to someone developing a variety of psychological disorders as potential complications. The fact is, fear is more prevalent in our daily lives than anyone would care to admit.
How to Overcome Your Fear
Overcoming fears might appear simple in concept, but actual application of these techniques are never easy, especially for the person directly involved. Depending on the intensity of the fear, some people might be able to confront it themselves while others may require help or coaching. Nonetheless, it is important that you do something about it.
When you are able to successfully overcome your fears, you will open up more opportunities for personal and career growth while also forging more successful relationships.
1) Taking Slow and Steady Steps
This is highly suggested for individuals who have difficulty coping with the overwhelming feeling of fear that people often experience. Not the fear of being rejected on your request for a date, but it concerns one's inability to take action due to the presence of fear. Most of the time, it is irrational fear.
You have to face your fear. Therefore, take some initial small steps, to overcome your fear, instead of trying to knock it out of the park right away. Being able to do that should provide you enough confidence to take succeeding steps.
In order for you to build up courage and make that small step, identifying your fear is essential. Before long, you will realize that your confidence will extend to other areas of your life as well.
2) Finding Motivation
Overcoming fears often entail a difficult process that requires time and energy. During this process, it is easy to get demoralized. One way to combat your fears is by replacing your negative thoughts with ones that motivate. If you find this difficult to do then using Positive Affirmations, Meditation, or Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), can help.
In fact, these transformational exercises can help with any of these steps!
The thought of overcoming a fear is normally motivating enough for most, but to make this even more effective, list down all the benefits that you will enjoy by eliminating the fears that hold you down.
3) Changing Perspectives
When people suffer from failure or rejection, it often spirals into more negative thoughts that lead to self-destructive behaviors. This is the fear of failure. However, we all go through failure at some point in our lives. It’s how we learn and thus grow as human beings. This is a reality that you need to understand and be aware of. During this process remember to be gentle on yourself.
Therefore it is recommended that you change your mindset about failure and rejection. Instead of letting it demoralize you, use it as a learning process. A practical approach to this is to take small steps, like we talked about earlier, and enjoy small victories (which gives you the confidence to move forward).
Either learn your lessons from it, or figure out how to heal and move forward. Learn how to make plans and realize them.
This is your best bet at succeeding in life and with your endeavors. Staying in a stagnant place because you’re plagued with fear doesn’t do anyone any good.
Redefining Your Perceptions of Fear
One of the most effective ways to overcome fears is to redefine yourself and how you view fear. You need to actively participate in each of these steps in order to effectively progress in your fight against fear. When you dedicate yourself doing these steps, then they will eventually become natural to you. It may seem overly simple or like an easy thing to do, but it’s not. In fact, it could cause some discomfort, but it takes some discomfort in order to grow.
At Naturally Sacred, we talk a lot about changing your mindset or shifting away from self-limiting beliefs and biases. The shifting of your mindset would be the same way that you would conquer your fears.
It’s Not All Doom & Gloom
Of course, not everything about fear should be seen as a negative. It has been said that fear “is what separates heroes from the rest of us.” Fear also helps ensure the survival of the human race. Fear triggers many survival instincts that prevent us or cause us to avoid taking too many unnecessary risks.
Fear also triggers the body to enter survival mode when faced with extreme danger, pumping large amounts of adrenaline into the system to give ordinary humans the near-superhuman physical abilities needed to survive certain situations. Fear prevents people from taking unreasonable risks that could endanger their current status, whether the risk is social, physical, financial, or sexual.
It is only when people fail to acknowledge fear or acknowledge it too much that it becomes a problem. Of course, this is easier said than done. Despite being a natural and integral part of the human psyche and survival instinct, fear is often derided by modern society as something that is unwanted or should be faced down. Literature and culture are filled with references to larger-than-life figures that literally feared nothing and took insane risks, which are things that are well beyond the grasp of the average Joe.
While there are some fears that are unreasonable and people should make every effort possible to cast them out as we talked about above, it is also a good idea to understand that being afraid is not always a negative thing.
Having said that, remember, never let your fear get to the point where it hinders your chances for development and success!
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