While attending a Leadership Conference last week, I heard the word fear far more times than I care to remember. As with all recurring themes, however, it left me thinking “it must be a topic ripe for this week’s discussion.” I walked away pondering – What is Fear really, and why are we all so afraid anyway?
Fear, I have gathered, is a negative emotion brought on by the threat of imminent danger. In life, there is fear of people, places or things, broken relationships and what someone else might think; fear of circumstances, change, and, yes, fear of the unknown to name a few. We tend to fear anything we perceive as a threat, and it appears it is largely connected to what we do not know or, better, understand.
Not being a psychologist, psychiatrist, or even psychotherapist, I do not pretend to be an expert on fear. Nevertheless, a few things seem clear. Fear is a matter of perception, and as I have heard most of my life – perception is reality. Fear traps you in your own body and prevents you from discovering who you really are and the true meaning of life. Fear strips you of hope and leaves you in despair. Fear robs you of courage and spiritual victory. Left unchallenged, it keeps you bound and prevents you from reaching your very destiny. The fact is, wherever we allow fear a foothold, it will set up residence and stay as long as welcomed. Make no mistake; fear is not a friend! Fear causes you to overreact, lash out, and worry about things over which you have little to no control. Truth told, some of us have feared for so long that we can no longer recognize its behaviors for what they are or amount to – FEAR!
But if you no longer want fear to stymy you, perhaps you have stumbled across just the right post to help you turn your life’s page from fear to a more powerful force. For in reality, stripped of its perceived power fear CAN be defeated. You have the power to change your perception and correspondingly your reality. Yet there is only one thing I know powerful enough to defeat fear. That one thing is faith, and it starts with you not the paralysis that has stopped you in your tracks.
Instead, make up your mind you will work toward fearless. That is – you will fear-LESS. However, before you can master fear-less, you will have to decide to become more faithful. What I mean is – faith-full. You must fill your life’s cup full with faith – believing that what you cannot currently see or touch can and will become reality. Even so, you must remember – Faith without works is dead. To arrest fear and allow faith to lead, you must take ACTION daily. You must become faithful in telling fear no. And when fear says no, say yes. Change your attitude from negative to positive. When you don’t feel like doing something you know you should do, do it anyway. When negative thoughts invade your space and discourage you from the positive opposing view, think positive anyway. When fear suggests you will fail at something about which you are truly passionate, try it anyway.
Give yourself a healthy dose of positive reinforcement by adopting affirmations that encourage you wherever you are in life and through whatever you are facing. Take the passion, courage, and resilience I have championed over the past few weeks and add faith. And when fear comes as a threat to maim you, as it surely will, be prepared to believe and practice faith anyway!
Copyright © 2015 Geneace Williams