We tend to give our power over to fear under the mistaken guise that it is protecting us and keeping us safe. However, unless there is actual danger, if we allow our fear to stop us from being and expressing who we are, and from making the choices that support us in reaching our goals and desires, we hold ourselves back from living a happy and fulfilling life.
By facing our fears and pushing through them we get enjoy more freedom within our lives. We can choose to allow our actions to be guided by positive expectations rather than fear thoughts. The more we become aware of and recognise the self-sabotaging inner dialogue of fear swirling in our minds, of not being liked, of failing, of being hurt, or not having enough, the more we can choose how we act rather than merely repeating the same old fear based behaviours, habits and patterns of the past. If we choose to allow fear thoughts to overpower us by giving into negative thoughts of ‘I can’t do it’, or ‘it is too difficult’, then we are giving our power away to fear. The more we give in to the fear, the stronger and more persistent it becomes, until eventually it stops us doing what we want in our lives.
Each time we make choices based on fear, we are lowering our self-belief and confidence in ourselves. We are shrinking who we are and stopping ourselves growing. We can free ourselves from this when we consciously decide to push past our fears, refuse to listen to self-depreciating beliefs, and respond with compassion and love to the feelings beneath our fears. We can choose to commit and take responsibility for practicing and developing self-love behaviours. We can allow ourselves to enjoy the freedom of being ourselves, making mistakes and learning from the choices we make. The rewards for overcoming fear is invaluable. If we run from our fears they will only chase us until we face them.
Steps to overcoming fear:-