Fear Based Thinking

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There is no illusion greater than fear.”

Lao Tzu

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So many of us do not do what we are capable of doing – like not sharing our voices, not asking for what we deserve, not taking the risks involved in creating a successful, special life – because of fear.

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Fear holds us hostage, making threats that if I do ‘it’, a disastrous outcome will occur. A remedy is to imagine how you would deal with that outcome, and decide just how bad it would really be

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Ask, “Is it true?” The fearful part of us is irrational and overprotective. It might be saying you are likely to fall flat on your face if you take a risk, or that no one will like your ideas. It might be saying that moving to a new city could damage your children, or choosing the wrong job could wreck havoc on your life. When you hear fear-based thoughts, ask yourself, “Is what this voice is saying true? , can I be absolutely sure that this thought is true?” The answer to these questions – especially the latter one – is most often “no.

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Let fear be your ‘traveling companion‘. Much of the time we can soften or even entirely lift our fears using the above ideas, but sometimes, fear persists. Let it be there, but not in control. Let it be there, but do not take direction from it or stop moving forward because of it.

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It is a skill to learn to act in the face of fear, to allow it to be present but not to interfere. ….think of fear that way: as the person in the lane next to you. You are in the driver’s seat, in your own lane, moving forward.

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Take your fear with you as you stretch yourself to move forward with your life. Do one thing that you have been afraid to try today.

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It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.”
Mandy Hale

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