Fear is probably the single most damaging, debilitating, detrimental energy we have.
It interferes with our well-being in every area of life. We cannot thrive when we are controlled by fear because fear stresses our immune system and clouds our thinking. Facing fears may feel uncomfortable, but taking action allows the body to release the tension it has built up. Conquering it could be the saving grace to our mental and physical health.
Keep this in mind, our thoughts, plus an emotional charge, plus action, equals outcome. If the emotional charge is fear, we will procrastinate and not see opportunities in front of us; and even when we do, fear won’t allow us to trust it. It paralyzes us. How we feel emotionally determines the action we take or don’t take.
One of my favorite acronyms for FEAR is, Face Everything and Rise.
Sadly, for too long I was afraid to face my chronic pain from dystonia (and significant weight gain) so I followed a different acronym for FEAR: “Forget Everything and Run.” This approach didn’t help matters at all. I spent many years deeply depressed, anxiety ridden, and drastically isolated from the world. When I began to face my fears and the things I felt self-conscious about, my life began to change for the better.
When the topic of fear comes up, I often think of the movie, We Bought a Zoo, with Matt Damon. Damon’s character, ‘Benjamin Mee’ has a conversation with his son about fear and courage. It was in the context of how he first met his wife, but it applies to anything in life where we have fear or apprehension. Damon’s character said, “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery, and I promise you, something great will come of it.”
He’s right. Feel the fear, whatever it is, and do it anyway.
It will quickly dissipate, allowing you to move forward with confidence. Bravery is not being without fear. Bravery is having fear and walking through it.