The Way To Overcome Fear - Causes And Cures

Fear binds the body in its place...
Fear binds the body in its place...

Fear always springs from ignorance.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Singing Without Fear - Become Fearless

Prepare to sing without fear takes the reader through the causes of singing with fear and the main cause for fear and stage fright. Outlined are 5 ways to control your fear.

A List of Types of Fear and Anxiety

The poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "The antidote to fear is knowledge." In other words, we can overcome fear by learning its causes and cures. Fear raises its ugly head when it comes to public speaking, acting, musical performance or most anytime you are asked to appear in public.

One of my fears is walking alone to my car in the dark when I'm shopping. I'm working on this by learning skills to protect me from possible danger.

When we take a test, get an injection, or go to the dentist we face a bad case of the jitters. But the #1 fear even before death is public speaking.

There are seemingly endless types of fear. Do any of these apply to you?

  • The unknown
  • Public Speaking/Singing/Performance
  • Rejection
  • Math Anxiety (me)
  • Heights (me again)
  • Needles
  • Flying
  • Dogs
  • Spiders
  • Failure
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Not enough money
  • Approaching People
  • Relationships
  • Uncertainty
  • Interviews
  • Tests
  • Pain
  • Illness
  • Death
  • Storms/Hurricanes/Tornadoes/Earthquakes
  • Dark
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Funerals
  • Cats
  • Failure
  • Being robbed/attacked
  • Driving on Freeways
  • Risk Taking
  • Divorce
  • Certain Foods


The Antidote to Fear Is Knowledge - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Antidote to Fear Is Knowledge - Ralph Waldo Emerson | Source

How To Fight Fear With These Successful Tips

Everyone experiences fear in some way. The good news is we can all learn how to overcome fear. Here are a few tried and true tips to help you fight fear:

  • Be Prepared. Whether you're facing a public performance, taking a test or interviewing for a job - the better prepared you are the more control you will have over the situation.
  • Face Your Fears. Do spiders freak you out? Well they don't like you at all. In fact, spiders are anti-social. They don't devise some clever plan to crawl up to you and take a nibble. You aren't what's on their menu.
  • Fear of Succeeding. Why would anyone be afraid of success? Well, if you procrastinate or believe you don't deserve it, you have a fear of success. To help to overcome this fear, make a list of things you're afraid of. Once you've identified these fears, start imagining what your life would be like if you were successful.
  • Fear of Commitment. Give yourself plenty of time to learn about your partner. Becoming best friends first will bring you a feeling of safety and trust. Give the relationship about 2 years before committing. Trust your judgement.
  • Fear of Rejection. Find reassurance within yourself. Don't make the mistake of focusing on what you don't want. Instead, focus on what you do want. Your mind is a powerful ally.
  • Fear of Failure. Tell yourself that failure is only a step to success. Failure is part of success. Avoid beating yourself up. Change your perception about failure. Read about successful people who have faced failure time after time.

Acknowledge your fear, then educate yourself.
Acknowledge your fear, then educate yourself. | Source

To Overcome Fear - Seek Knowledge

When we experience fear our mind can become clouded or even paralyzed. How often have you heard the phrase "paralyzed with fear?" You may have experienced this feeling at one time. I certainly have and I'm hoping never to feel this way again.

We have a marvelous tool available to help us overcome fear. This tool is called knowledge and it provides protection from our fears. When we fear a certain something, this is the time to learn about that which we fear.

Learning requires many steps so begin slowly and continue to defeat your enemy - fear. Make use of the most powerful tool you have...courage. Refuse to give into your fears by learning where the fear stems from. Study the thing you fear and learn as much as possible about it.

Knowledge is power.

Overcome Fear - Learn What You Can Do


Acquaint yourself with the master of fear

You will find where your own fear lies

Fear may come in different forms

It cleverly wears its disguise



Trembling limbs and a racing heart

Lips unable to speak

Bind the body in its place

And every part lays weak



Phobic situations result in higher fear

The same anxiety pattern

Leaves footprints with each year



Freudian hypnosis for under-lying cause

Failed its mark for we're not born with fear

Its confidence we bring with us

Fright has no power here



And yet at times we fear ourselves

Abilities lie dormant

Binding sticky fingers

Raging its own torment



Restrictive is the force of fear

To influence each life

Prevention from our own potential

Cutting like a knife



Fear raises its ugly head

and like a cruel thief in the night

robs us of our own success

once more we lose the fight



Is there no antidote for this

the threatning power of fear?

Ah yes, there is - as Emerson said

"Knowledge is the antidote to fear."



Using visualization can immediately reduce and eradicate fear and anxiety.
Using visualization can immediately reduce and eradicate fear and anxiety. | Source

Recognize Your Fears

What are you most afraid of?

  • being alone at night
  • strange noises
  • being threatened
  • public speaking/singing
  • the unknown
  • death
  • spiders/insects
  • natural disasters
  • none of the above
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In Conclusion...Facing Your Fears

I have known fear and I have known failure. One day I just got sick and tired of being afraid and tired of dragging around the feeling of "not being good enough." One fear that I've carried inside of myself is going on fast rides at Disneyland. Oh, how I wanted to experience the fun that others had on these rides. But my fear took hold of me and I just couldn't do it.

I knew I had to face my fears so I immediately made a decision to go to an amusement park (Disneyland) and take a ride on "Space Mountain." Though my heart was beating so hard I thought it would leap out of my chest, I gathered up all my courage and went into the unknown. Much to my surprise I actually enjoyed it so much that I waited in line to ride it a second time.

I had conquered one of my greatest fears. I left Disneyland that evening with a feeling of elation and empowerment.

Fear can immobilize each of us. It can prevent us from becoming all that we can be. Overcoming fear and failure can also teach us things about ourself that we otherwise would never learn.

Make yourself a promise to Overcome Fear and live a life of freedom.

Fear is the main source of superstition and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom. - Bertrand Russell

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

(Ralph Waldo Emerson)

© 2012 Audrey Hunt

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Charlotte B Plum profile image

Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

Hey vocalcoach!

I love these lines that you wrote -

"Fear raises its ugly head

and like a cruel thief in the night

robs us of our own success

once more we lose the fight"

How true! Especially for myself. I have voted you up!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

"As a youth, how wild and bold,

Never did the staunchness fold.

But now alone; alone and gray.

Fear of death may have its way"

Good work, dear, I answered you in the muse.

Bob


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Fear wow fear is so bold. it doesn't care who it affects we all grab hold one time of another. I love your poem and it's oh so true. and thanks for mentioning me with all the great poets and writers in the Hub..

Blessings to you my friend

Voted way up and I am sharing ..

Debbie


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

What a powerful poem about the devastation that fear leaves in its wake and the antidote to fear.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Thanks so much for sharing this.

I loved how you managed to pack so much information into a poetry format.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Fear is the most dangerous emotion in the human mind. It fosters everything else negative. I think that fear is Satan's greatest tool. You write so well and the lines flow beautifully. This poem is a fine read.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have been saving this so that I could read it when I had the time to truly appreciate it and that time is now...and I truly appreciate it. Great job and right on with regards to fear. I'm so glad I saved this for the perfect time for you are an excellent writer.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

For me to have traveled so much and done so much there are still moments when I allow myself to stall...the fear of what is on the other side is all I can think that cause me to keep from taking the leap.

Thank you for this....when the student is ready the teacher will appear.... I truly need these words.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

Very unique way of addressing fear, which can absolutely be paralyzing sometimes. Living in fear is a terrible way to live and I agree knowledge is the key. Awesome hub!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Charlotte ~ I have missed many opportunities in my life because of fear. I don't plan to miss anymore :-) Always a pleasure and a joy to see you. Hugs across the way!


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

Such a great Hub. Fear is a terrible thing. I always think of what Roosevelt said about fear. I voted this UP, etc.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

diogenes - Your answer is perfect! I must look into your poetry. I've a strong feeling your name will be on my next list. Thanks.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great poem to understand what these thieves are doing to us. First one I found out BillySC stole from another hubber. nihar2 joined just 2 weeks ago, I look at his page he hasn't written anything he's collecting hubbers SO ABEWARE.

Vote up, beautiful and interesting, Joyce


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Capedium 4 years ago from Texas.

Nothing appeals to me more than a poem.. This was a perfect one.. And I love the message.. Wow.. I wish every message has to come in this form.. Understanding and embracing oneself will be much easier and clearer.. Thanks for this message.. Great poem..


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Deborah ~

Your vote up and sharing with others puts a great big smile on my face. Thank you for approving of my poem. It is my pleasure to add your name to my list.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

nice work, audrey... and thanks for linking me here! I've returned the favor!


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ALUR 4 years ago from USA

Fear's master is accompanied by guilty, hate and paralysis. The plight of this vague form of paralysis relates to our own mind's interpretations of events and traumas. I work everyday to get back into the mode of society, having suffered(see my hubs) on many different levels. I dance with fear everyday, so that I can eventually take the lead...


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this Audrey! Beautifully written and so true!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Wonderful hub with sound advice..Fear does rob us of so much. Thank you for sharing.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Beautiful and inspiring Audrey. I do battle fear (anxiety) just about daily and most often I win. I don't know if its so much knowledge or my intense inability to lose. Perhaps it is both. I have the knowledge to be aware that I can win if I keep up the battle :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

happyboomernurse ~

Fear is such a destructive force. The sad thing is, as children we know nothing about fear until it is introduced to us by others. I wanted to get that point across, so thank you dear friend for voting up and across, except for funny. Take care!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hyphenbird ~ I certainly agree with you that fear is the most dangerous emotion in the human mind. It has done damage more than once to me in my childhood. Even "the fear of not being loved" still haunts me today. I love seeing you here and thank you my friend.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

It's fear of the unknown that causes fear, yes knowledge is the answer in overcoming it. Great message in this poem.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

Fear keeps people from becoming the best they can be. And you are right on the mark, Audrey, it's knowledge that can banish fear. Thanks for reminding us with this moving, well-written poetry.


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acaetnna 4 years ago from Guildford

What a wonderful, powerful poem. Great work here.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Fear is so damaging and so often, baseless.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

billybuc ~ I am so very happy that you have read and appreciate my poem on fear. Your comments are important and knowing that I did a good job inspires me so. Thank you, my friend!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

vocalcoach you have done a great job here. Your message rings rings loud and clear.


Flora Breen Robison 4 years ago

Beautiful poem, Audrey. I have dealt with fear in my life. I have mantras about over coming fear on my wall to remind myself, because I get panic attacks sometimes at the thought of having to have job interviews etc. Well, that has really screwed me up because I end up in jobs that family members gave that didn't interest me because you do need a job, any job. Now my parents are retired and I have to find a job without them-and I'm frightened. It takes a lot for me to do things despite my phobias and panic attacks. I am very outgoing and confident when I am speaking of a topic I know and love-like music. But trying to sound confident in job interviews has never been my strong point.

As for fear as a writer, I didn't have any until a couple people (two-that's right-a grand total of two)started flagging everything I said and then I was afraid to write about anything but my cat. And I ended getting banned anyway when youtube changed its policy and I had a bunch of broken links and to edit them all.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Dee ~ Fear is a terrible thing. The great thing about me getting old is I tell myself "what do I have to lose?" :-) Thank you dear friend for reading my hub and taking time to comment. I enjoyed what you had to say!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you Pamela99 for adding to my hub with your comments. Fear is indeed paralyzing. A terrible thing. And what a waste it is as well. When I think back to what I have lost in the name of fear...


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mary - Yes, "There is nothing to fear except fear itself" is one of my favorite quotes along with Emerson's "The antidote to fear is knowledge." Thanks for coming by.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

writer20 - I tried to find billSC's profile but had no luck. Is he wtill with HP? If he's stealing, he shouldn't be.Thanks for the vote up!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

capedium - I'm very pleased that you loved the message of my poem. Since you last read this, I have added more information on how to overcome fear. Thank you for your wonderful comments.

PDXkaraokeGuy - I have added more content to this hub along with yet another link to your hub "The Battle of Bunkbed Ridge", located just above the "Conclusion." And thank you for adding a link for me on your hub.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Audrey,

I applaud you for facing your fears and taking a ride on Space Mountain. When I was young I went on a roller coaster ride after being coaxed by some friends. Well, I was so scared I couldn't even scream.

Voted up and awesome

Take care :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Audrey-valuable advice here. I liked how you presented your own examples of fear and the tips of how to conquer it. Fear can be so debilitating. Thanks for sharing. Rated up/U/A/ and sharing.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Audrey, Fear can stop us in our track when it takes hold and is something we all need to learn to overcome - excellent poem which really described those feeling s we all get when fear takes hold.


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SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

I enjoyed this hub and I am sure many more will enjoy it as well. Fear is something that every human being has experienced and wished that they could overcome. Thank you for detailing steps that are easy to follow to accomplish this.


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StephSev108 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Thank you for such an informative hub. Great info.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Sueswan - I had to laugh out loud when you said you were so scared you couldn't scream, because I've been there too. I will not go on a regular roller coaster - no way! Thanks my friend and have a marvelous Christmas.

Hi Denise - Thanks for being here, reading my hub and commenting. Fear certainly can stunt our growth. I think we learn most of our fears in childhood. Children are so impressionable. Happy Holidays to you and your family!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Jools - How right you are. Fear stunts our growth and stands in our way to some marvelous experiences. Thanks for appreciating my poem. It means so much to me. Have a wonderful winter holiday and Christmas!

Hi Steph - So nice to see you. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting. Happy Holidays!

SkeetyD - I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed my hub about overcoming fear. We all have it. I hope that many will take the time to do these steps as they do help. Thanks so much for being here!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting poem and some interesting observations on one of the basic emotions in most of us. you teach us so much by relating a personal example of how one can overcome one's fear.

Voted up and useful, Audrey.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you Rajan. We are all here to learn from each other. Fear is a complete waste of emotion. I only learned this after living with fear far too long. I no longer have time for it:) I appreciate your kind votes. Peace and love to you Rajan.


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Kierstin Gunsberg 3 years ago

I love it! Thanks for writing about fear. I know that everyone says that the universal emotion is love but I think it's actually fear.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love your poem, especially "fear raises it's ugly head...". Fear is such a dangerous thing, it can rob one of their future. Up and awesome.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

KoffeeKlatch Gals - Thanks so much for being here. Fear truly does rob us of what we might have or achieve otherwise. I appreciate your support along with the generous votes!


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful and uplifting hub. Your advice is something I think most people need to revisit often throughout their lives. Wonderful words of wisdom. Voting, sharing and more!


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tillsontitan 3 years ago from New York

You know you really are amazing! What a beautiful poem opens this hub about fear. Everything you write gets to the point you want to make and does it so well. Everyone should read and heed this hub!

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared.


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mperrottet 3 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

Wonderful poem, and a powerful message. I love the last line, and the quote from Bertrand Russell - Knowledge and wisdom are the keys to overcoming fear. Voted up, interesting, awesome, beautiful, useful and sharing.


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brakel2 3 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Audrey - Fear makes us lose self esteem. Your poem and article and right on the money. Your hubs are so full of ideas to make each of us a b etter person. The country always seems to be in a crisis over one thing or another. If many events happen at almost the same time, it stymies many of us. Your hub shows us how to face our fears, probably one at a time. By doing this, we can conquer little fears instead of the whole bag at once. I dearly love your message because it makes us think. When we can think, we can think about facing our problems and clearing our brain fog. Thank you for sharing this insightful hub. Shariing. Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sharkye11 Thank you for adding your comments. I appreciate your sharing my hub and the votes. You've made me feel so very good ~ Audrey

tillsontitan ~ Your comments have touched me so. As a writer I appreciate having my work praised by you. I have a high regard for a writer such as yourself. Thank you so much ~ Audrey


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mperrottet - This is one of my favorite quotes too. Thanks so much for everything!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

brakel2 - Thank you so much! Fear is so debilitating. It truly robs of success and joy. I appreciate your remarks, dear Audrey. My best to you. ~ Audrey


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mary615 20 months ago from Florida

I am planning to overcome my fear of heights by riding in a hot air balloon this year to celebrate my birthday!

When I was in politics and had to speak in public, I would be very frightened the first few minutes, but then I'd be OK.


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Wow Mary! I'm so impressed! I'm afraid of heights big time. I didn't know you were in politics. I love hearing about your past. You're quite a lady!


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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful hub Audrey, with great advice on how to overcome fear. Your poem is amazing and the images beautiful. We done. I have had a few fears including public speaking, the unknown, grasshoppers and praying mantises. I am ok with spiders...weird. I was also terrified of roller coasters but finally forced myself to go on one and now I'm fine. Voted up.


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vocalcoach 19 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Jodah - Oh, thank you John! I'm so thrilled to know that a gifted poet like yourself has such nice things to say about my poem. And look at you...overcoming your fear of roller coasters. Bravo!


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LaurieMaxson 19 months ago from AL

Great article. I believe within ourselves lies the power to control our fears. It is merely a "feeling", one of which we give power or we choose an alternative. As soon as fear raises its ugly head, I recognize my symptoms. It is then I acknowledge what is driving my response and I have built in triggers to alert me to "change" where my focus is and to opt for responding to a question, to reverse my thinking. I choose the opposite of that fear, and ask "How will I gain more...."?


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brakel2 19 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Audrey - I came here again to face a fear. I am temporarily in a wheelchair and walker and have to go to hairdresser. My hair is so long and ratty, but I must have courage and not care, because this is not really me. I must picture myself leaving looking nice and not caring about anything. Wish me luck. We all have crazy fears. Anyway, read this great article again. Thanks for helping me. Blessings, Audrey


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vocalcoach 18 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LaurieMaxson - What fantastic comments! We can all learn a valuable lesson from you Laurie. I know I have. Recognizing our symptoms is the first step. Thank you.

brakel2 - Oh, dearest Audrey, I completely understand your fears and situation. You will be in my constant prayers and I wish you all the luck in the world. No fear is crazy. Fears are feelings and feelings are not to be judged. They just are. I'm glad you've returned here again. You are one special, beautiful person.

Special blessings to my favorite Audrey.

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