What are the best ways to overcome your fears
Fear is an emotion that can paralyse us. It can hold us back from enjoying life to the fullest. Fears can hold power over us and distort our personalities. In short, fears block us from enjoying life to the fullest.
Identifying Your Fear
There are many types of fears and the first step in overcoming your fear is to identify it. Exactly what are you afraid of? Be specific. At one time I thought that I was afraid of spiders. In reality I was only afraid of certain spiders - spiders with hairy legs. I could touch small spiders but tarantulas, no way! (I am over that not.) So be specific in identifying your fear.
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How Does The Fear Effect You?
The next step in overcoming your fear is to write down how this fear is effecting your life. How does it impact your relationships with the people you love? Does it impact your job? You ability to function normally? Be specific and make the list as long as it needs to be. Put some thought into it. This list will help to motivate you to overcome your fear.
What's Holding You Back?
Next, think about what beliefs, what thoughts block your desire to overcome this fear. Be real. If you are afraid of heights it is probably the fear of falling. If it is a fear of public speaking, you are probably afraid that people will not like you. Put some thought into this. It is an important step. Sometimes what we are afraid of is totally different from the way we manifest the fear.
A Game Plan To Overcome Fear
Once you know what the fear is and how it effects you, you can begin to conquer your fear.Think about what specific behaviors you will need to develop to overcome your fear. If you are afraid of heights this might include climbing a ladder. In my case with the spiders, I had to touch one. If it is public speaking, you would need to talk in-front of a small group.
Next, learn everything that you can about your fear. Read about it, search it out on the Internet. Knowledge is power. Once I learned that only a very few spiders are poisonous and most spiders only bite when disturbed I was able to begin to think about touching a spider.
Take a first step but make it a small step. Once you know what your fear truly is and you have learned all about it you are ready to take a step to overcome the fear. Take a small step. If you are afraid of heights don't try sky-diving right away. Work up to it. Climb a ladder and look down. Once you can do this you can take another step. With each victory you will be growing stronger and will eventually overcome the fear.
Once you have overcome your fear be careful not to allow the fear to creep back into your life. Old thought patterns will try to resurface from time to time. When they do remind yourself of the truth - there is no logical basis for your fear and you have already overcome the fear.
Laughing In The Face Of Fear
Sometimes laughter can help us overcome our fears. Maybe not, but this videois still funny and makes some valid points.
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