Is Fear Changing Getting in Your Way?
Do you remember the last time you wanted to do something then fear got in the way? We’ve all been there. Sometimes we get excited about doing something but when the time comes to actualize it, fear keeps us from moving forward. While fear may be good to some extent, it can make you to become miserable instead of happy. Fear is good in some situations but not all.
Nothing important was ever accomplished by playing it safe. Fifty-six men disobeyed the British Empire and signed the Declaration of Independence. They knew that if they didn’t sign the document, independence would not be achieved.
Even the most courageous of people have fears. Fear can cause you to undermine your own efforts. When you allow fear to hinder your forward progress, chances are you will miss some great opportunities. If you want to know how to overcome fear, keep reading.
What Is Fear?
Fear is a response to a physical or emotional threat that causes changes in brain function, organ function, and behavior. If you don’t experience fear, you cannot protect yourself from real threats. Fear can make you to run away, hide, or freeze. It can be activated by a threat, a confrontation, or a discovery. It can even be an intimidating phobia.
Some have said it stands for: False Evidence About Reality or Forget Everything And Run or perhaps you can view it from this perspective-–Face Everything And Rise!
How to Overcome Fear
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The first step to overcoming fear is identifying it. Think of what makes you afraid? Is it staying single, making losses in your business, or failing in school? Identify exactly what you are afraid of by monitoring your thoughts. Don’t get so attached to fearful thoughts you start thinking they are all that exist. Sure, a little fear is good for motivation, but it becomes a problem when it starts to overtake your life. Think of your fears and see how much they affect your life. It can be helpful to write these things down so help you get very clear about what is actually going on within your thought processes.
Have a Plan
Most of the time, we are afraid because we don’t have detailed, well thought out plans. Success can never be – and has never been – achieved without a plan. Whether you want to become a renowned entrepreneur or to get married, you must have a plan. When you don’t have a plan, you will begin to worry and overanalyze situations. After you make a plan, take action. When you work towards your goals, you steer clear of stress and enjoy the process. Fear creeps in when you don’t take time to plan.
This plan is to written down and reviewed and followed EVERY day. It is when we get off the plan that our mind wanders into the future and the “What if” concerns.
Know That Fear and Caution Aren’t the Same Thing
Most fears are unreasonable and irrational. You might be afraid to start a business because you think you don’t have what it takes. Or you may be afraid to ask your boss for a raise because you think he’ll say no. These unreasonable fears can prevent you from becoming successful.
Caution, however, helps you to be safe. You may decide not to drink and drive because you may cause an accident. Caution is good, but never pretend that fear is caution, because it most certainly isn’t. Fear makes you avoid taking reasonable risks while caution helps you to avoid taking unreasonable ones.
Choose Courage Over Security
People value security over everything else. They will stay in jobs they hate and stick to bad habits just to feel secure. If you want to overcome fear, remove security from the top spot and replace it with courage. Do not cling to things that make you feel safe, have courage you will succeed and you will.
How to Control Anxiety
Fear and anxiety are not one and the same thing. They both affect the nervous system in different ways. They also trigger different reactions in people. Anxiety is a vague and unpleasant sense of apprehension, a response to an unknown or imprecise threat. Fear is a response to a physical or emotional threat.
For example, when a thief holds a knife to your neck, you will be very afraid and probably give them everything they ask for. But if you have to make a difficult phone call, you may become anxious and experience mild nausea or butterflies in the stomach.
Here’s how to control anxiety.
Take Deep Breaths
Breathing exercises can help you to overcome anxiety, especially if you hyperventilate. Hyperventilation is often a symptom of panic attacks and can activate other symptoms that cause more anxiety. Whenever you feel anxious, calm your body with breathing exercises to avoid hyperventilating.
Eat Foods Rich in Magnesium
Anxiety symptoms and sensations can be brought about by lack of magnesium. Most processed foods lack this vital component. The body also loses magnesium in times of stress. You can talk to your doctor about supplementing magnesium to ensure you give your body the nutrition it needs to function.
There is a link between anxiety management and exercise. People who do not exercise regularly are more likely to develop anxiety disorders. Exercise burns stress hormones that set off anxiety, releases neurotransmitters that enhance mood, and tires muscles to hinder anxiety symptoms.
Exercise is VERY important for many reasons. Not just the ones mentioned above but also for the muscles usage and oxygen flow to the brain. When you are frightened or anxious the tenseness creates a slowing of the efficiency of the heart and the open flow of oxygen through the body.
When there is an oxygen shortage, the body moves into another whole reaction for survival. This sets off another barrage of hormones that causes the body to panic, which increases the breath and less efficient oxygen to the brain. This is turn creates a slower brain response and a state of mild to severe confusion.
Daily exercise allows the overall endocrine system be more balanced so that when stress or fear arise the physical and emotional responses are less distorted.
Another powerful gift of exercise is the neurotransmitter response. Exercising increases the release of the necessary neurotransmitters, which supports your happy, sad, mad responses. The more balanced your neurotransmitters are the less reactive you will be to fear.
Overcoming Fear Quotes
“Fears are tales we tell ourselves.”
“To conquer fear, go around it not through it.”
“Don’t let fear determine your destiny.”
“Your biggest fear hinders your greatest success.”
“Your goal should motivate you, not your fear.”
Start Overcoming Fear Today!
Fear and success are enemies. If you want one, you have to give up the other. Success only comes from taking risks. If fear rules your life, you will never take enough risks to achieve the success you deserve.
You will never start that dream company, take that course that could change your life, or travel to that place you’ve always wanted to visit. If there’s anything to learn from life, it’s that risky actions offer the best rewards. While changing may be hard, you will only make it if you overcome your momentary fear.
Face Your Fear and breathe through it. I ask myself what is the worst that can happen and realize I could live with that and then I just move forward!
Stay Present to how you feel and see the ‘lie’ in the fear to master anything!
Author: Esateys Stuchiner
Esateys (pronounced Ee sáh teez) is an International Life Transformational Speaker, Author, Master Facilitator, Life Coach and Expert in the Human condition. She is a Nationally and Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. For over 30 years, she has practiced, taught and lectured extensively in the allopathic and alternative medicine field.
Esateys is known for her groundbreaking work in the areas of personal empowerment and health restoration using mindset and inner connection as the catalyst for all change.
Esateys describes herself as the ‘Architect of the New You’ and has dedicated her life and professional career to helping her clients create “New Beginnings” by facilitating self empowerment, economic freedom and restored health.
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