Fear is something that holds a lot of people back from living their best lives and finding their divine path. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways you can overcome your fears and start living a more joyful life. For starters, give yourself a pat on the back because doing this type of self-help work takes a lot of courage.
Let’s start by talking about fear itself. According to the Oxford dictionary, fear is defined as,” an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat.” Our brains are hardwired to experience fear and it has kept us around for a very long time. When we feel fear outside its definition, like why one person cringes at the sight of a spider and the other not, it becomes personal. It may be caused by a traumatic event in the person’s life, it can be learned from others, or it can be innate. It can be real or imagined, maybe from a bad dream, but from a personal point of view, it is genuine and experienced.
While fear can keep us alive when it needs to it can also have a negative effect on our lives. It can cause us to miss out on opportunities, keep us isolated, hold us back from trying new things, and it can make us feel anxious, stressed, and depressed. When you were young, were you afraid that there were monsters under your bed? Maybe afraid of the dark or high places? The following steps will help us identify and overcome these fears that we own and do not have control of.
1. Understand Your Fear
The first step to overcoming your fear is to understand what it is that you’re afraid of. Once you know what your fear is, you can start to work on addressing it. Get out a notebook, and write it down on paper so you can see what it is. Ask what it is protecting you from.
2. Accept Your Fear
The second step to overcoming your fear is to accept that it’s a part of who you are. It’s okay to be afraid, and it’s okay to have fears. What’s important is that you don’t let your fear control you. Remember it is just a feeling and you can work through it.
3. Practice positive self-talk
The third step when you’re working on overcoming your fear is to practice positive self-talk. This means replacing your negative thoughts about your fear with positive ones. For example, instead of thinking “I’m never going to be able to overcome my fear of heights,” tell yourself “I can do this, I wonder how beautiful the view is from up there.”
4. Face Your Fear
The fourth step to overcoming your fear is to face it. You can’t run from your fear, and you can’t hide from it. The only way to overcome your fear is to confront it. Don’t hide it anymore and let it hold you back.
5. Make a Plan
The fifth step to overcoming your fear is to make a plan. Once you know what your fear is and you’ve accepted it, you need to plan for how you’re going to address it. This may include seeking professional help, talking to someone who has overcome a similar fear or doing something that makes you feel uncomfortable on a regular basis.
6. Take Action
The sixth and final step to overcoming your fear is to take action. This means facing your fear head-on. If you’re afraid of public speaking, for example, sign up for a toastmasters class. If you’re afraid of flying, start by taking small trips. The goal is to slowly but surely start moving out of your comfort zone and taking small steps.
Seek professional help
If you’re struggling to overcome your fear on your own, don’t be afraid to seek professional help. This can be in the form of therapy, life coaching, or even just reading helpful books or articles on the subject. Remember, you don’t have to do this alone. Ask for help!
No matter what your fear is, remember that you can overcome it. By following these steps and putting in the work, you’ll be on the path to overcoming your fears and feeling a new sense of freedom. What are some of the ways that you’ve overcome your fears? Share your tips in the comments below!