Sunday, August 30, 2015
Living without fear
Fear has its place, we have a natural fight or flight survival instinct, but in most things, we tend to choose flight rather than fight. We don't like confrontation, we tend to conform, and we would rather deal with what's known versus the unknown. How do we break out of that, how do we confront and defeat the fear?
First, and most important, your mind generally over blows your fears; most fears are either not warranted or they're nowhere near the severity that you ascribe to them. Second, your best weapon against fear is action (and this also applies to worry, which is a form of fear). Taking action against a fear is powerful and is the best way to address and remove the fear. Inaction, which is a very common response to fear, only feeds your fear. Third, you will never be able to remove problems and stressors from your life, it's part of the human condition. So, accept reality for what it is rather than what you want it to be.
You can conquer fear by constantly challenging yourself and others. Challenge the status quo, challenge what doesn't make sense, and challenge assumptions. Your fears need not restrain your life and your decisions - take action, take chances, and take control.