Fear Is the Only Thing We Should Fear
What is Fear?
Well, according to Wikipedia, “fear is a distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It’s a basic survival mechanism…In short, fear is the ability to recognize danger leading to an urge to confront it or flee from it…”
Ask anybody—most of us have fears whether we want to admit it or not. Fear of failure, fear of being hurt, fear of being alone, fear of heights, fear of snakes, fear of water, fear of spiders—the list is endless. Let’s take a look at the fear of failure and being hurt/being alone. Fear to me seems more like a big what if. What if I fail? What if I get hurt? What if I’m alone? These appear more like chains that are holding you back from living the life you were meant to live. But these are “what ifs.” Life isn’t meant to be lived in such a manner. Living in fear is almost like a safety net or an excuse for not doing something. So what if you fail? So what if you get hurt? It’s life. It happens to all of us.
Don’t burden yourself with fears. These fears aren’t valid nor pertinent to your life. What is there to fear? If you get hurt, you get hurt. Take everything you can from that situation, learn from it, and move forward. Life isn’t that easy, but we, as human beings, seem to over complicate it with our minds. I think we just answered our question. Fear is a part of our mind. Fear has no substance. It’s based on preconceived thoughts. Something without any substance is empty and hollow. You need to become aware of your fear, but your fear is preventing you from becoming aware of it.
Stay with me. Your fear is preventing you from increased awareness of your own self-being. Your mind and your fear are your prisons. Your mind is the mountain before you. Awareness will allow you to break free from this prison and allow you to climb that mountain. The greatest discovery in your life will be your own self-awareness. If you aren’t aware of yourself, you will live in constant fear of life, creating new fears for yourself. Fear is distracting you. It’s creating confusion in that head of yours. Trust yourself, and trust your gut. Don’t live in fear. Fear is negativity in oneself. When you have fear, face it and overcome it.
Be Honest With Yourself
In some people’s lives, fear controls their life. It takes their energy away from what’s essential and moves it toward the nonessential. So in order to take a deeper look at the fear we live with, we need to have a better understanding of ourselves and do a self-evaluation. Go ahead—look in the mirror and ask yourself, “What do I see?” You can fool everybody around you, but you can’t fool yourself. Be honest with yourself. Being honest with yourself is a big step in growing up and in finding out who you really are.
Don’t waste your time and energy worrying about what-ifs and the fears. Instead, concentrate on yourself and what you can do. By doing so, you gain such a huge advantage in life. No one is perfect; we all have faults. The only losers in life are those who refuse to admit those faults. But before you can face your fear, you must recognize it. Fear is a weakness, so before you can correct your weakness, you need to recognize it. Find out what’s causing that fear. If you aren’t open-minded enough and lie to yourself, you’ll never face it. Don’t let your fears and what you can’t do stop you from doing something you can do.
No matter how hard life gets or how dark things get, face your challenges and face your fears. Find an answer. By doing so, you will prevail every time. Don’t hide from life. Believe in yourself, believe in yourself, and don’t quit on yourself. We have all gone through good times and bad times, but look back at these experiences and really look hard at them. How you handled those experiences is what shaped you into the person you are today. Without those bad times and good times, you wouldn’t be who you are.
It comes down to this—if you believe in your fears if you believe in your weaknesses, and if you expect the worst, that is what you will get. If you’re afraid of being hurt, you will get hurt. If you’re afraid of failing, you will fail. If you expect the worst, you will get the worst. So expect the best and you’ll get it. Believe in yourself and your choices 100 percent. If you expect to lose in life, you already have.
Just like the old saying “like attracts like,” if you’re positive and don’t live in fear, you will attract other like-minded people. Now it won’t happen overnight, but if you stay the course, it will happen. Positive energy attracts positive energy. Your fears are negative energy. When you become afraid and live in fear, you fail to reach your full potential. You fail to reach who you are truly meant to be. You play it safe. Look at everything as a valuable learning experience, a chance to face your fear, a chance to discover your weaknesses and make them your strengths.
Don’t Live In Fear
I understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, but, on a day to day basis, I encounter so many people with so much potential, so many gifts, so many talents waiting to be shared and they just hide, hide behind their fears. Wake up. Stop wasting your energy on the nonessential and focus on what is essential instead.
“Falling into the deepest valley is nothing to fear. It just means that you are in the perfect position to climb the world’s highest mountain.” — Carl F. Hughes
Written By: Nic Bronkall LMT, CSCS, Movement Specialist