Do you want to do something, but feel afraid? So fearful that you can’t do it? Many people face this problem on a daily basis, as incredible as it seems. In fact some sad folks feel fear of everything – or almost everything!
You might want to follow your dreams, or try to gain success through taking risks, however fear is more than capable of stopping you. Fear can decrease the quality of your life, basically keeping you prisoner if you let if overcome you often enough.
Fear is just an instinct, which is something a lot of people aren’t aware of. When we are encountered with a scary or unfamiliar scenario, fear is the natural response. There are some things you can do to beat fear at it’s own game, even though it’s usually an automatic reaction when it happens.
Reevaluate the expectations you have.
Acknowledging the possibility of bad outcomes is often a large part of fear. In various situations, do you find that you’re counting on the worst to happen? Instead of focusing on your abilities and strengths, do you only focus on what could go wrong?
Fear will be much easier to handle if you make an effort to remain optimistic and tell yourself that you can handle whatever is thrown at you. Keeping things in perspective and remaining confident will let you handle any additional fears – like fear of the future (a biggie! I know it well myself) that creep into your mind.
Know your fears are exaggerations.
Most of the things people fear will rarely happen, according to experts. When a fear has you in it’s grip though, it’s certainly hard to think like that, even though it’s true. You might be able to cast aside a few fears if you take a good look at them, however.
Perhaps you might think that your source of income and maybe even your life is on the line if you are afraid of public speaking and are asked to do a work presentation. If you don’t do a decent job, you might be afraid of being fired, or of losing the respect of your co-workers.
Take a step back and ask yourself if that would really occur. The answer is no, except in unusual circumstances. Focus on improvement by brainstorming, writing down pointers, and practicing in front of family and close friends instead of focusing on any negatives that might happen if your presentation isn’t up to par.
Overcome your fear by owning up to it.
Fear loses a great deal of its strength over you when you remember that it’s just a feeling. You can ignore it and continue with what you want to do, because except for situations where you are in physical danger, fear can’t hurt you.
You might come to the conclusion that the chance of something bad happening isn’t worth getting worked up over if you compare the pros and cons of a situation, which leaves you able to ignore your fear and do what you want to do! Naturally, this will vary from case to case however. Know how to overcome baseless fears, but don’t become reckless in your newly learned abilities. If you feel afraid, hiding from your feelings will never solve the problem … and you know that’s true. I know that’s true. Everybody knows that’s true.