This week’s #Last90Days theme of action is based on FEAR. There is a voice that speaks inside our mind, often times stopping us dead in our tracks. This voice is fear. On the one hand it serves as a biochemical response to the danger of life or death. On the other hand, fear is an emotion that is very subjective. If it is personal demons that make us cower, exposing them can be the first step in loosening its grip. A clear definition of fear is described as an anxious feeling, caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience. By this definition – it is clear that the subjective fear is not necessarily based in reality. In my work with clients at Healing Path Counselling Services, I often see how fear can stifle our own progress and confidence. I’ve experienced this myself! Pressure, comparison and self-doubt can make us fear that we are never going to be good enough. The danger in these fears, besides them wrecking havoc on our confidence, is that they stagnate us from personal development and growth. Being kind to yourself will go much further in releasing negative thoughts than bullying yourself to be the best.
Fear can be a haunting thing. It can lie dormant in our subconscious until we are ready to face whatever it is holding us back from our true feelings or from actualizing our true potential. It is only natural to experience the happiness that comes from overcoming our fears. Often times individuals may worry that pushing through the discomfort of overcoming fear is too frightening but fear is attainable if you choose to do the work it takes to face it. In the famous words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Don’t you owe it to yourself to grow into the best and most authentic version of you?
These strategies below are cognitive behavioural techniques that are evidence based to assist with overcoming anxiety related to fear:
- Acknowledge your specific fear(s) and the power it holds over you. You need to explore the false beliefs that are feeding into your fear.
- Identify your triggers. Imagine the outcome you want to achieve.
- Try gradual exposure and engage with your fear
- Learn and practice relaxation techniques.
- Start seeing fear as an opportunity. Use the fear as a tool to identify problems and plan of action.
Fear has two choices ~ Forget Everything And Run ~ Face Everything And Rise
The choice is yours.