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7 Keys To Overcome Fear

Updated on February 11, 2012

Think about one person whom you consider to be very confident - even someone who inspires you with his/her aura. You may be very surprised to know the lingering fears that he/she faces on a daily basis. Even the bravest of us have fears - some of which triggers severe psychological and physical effects.

Fear is essentially the enemy of our mental and emotional health. It can affect a person's relationships, career and other spheres of life.

Your fear may not be extreme, but whatever kind of fear that you suffer from, it limits your potential to do and to be. The good news is that you can win the war; you can conquer your fears!

Take care to note that depending on the severity of your fear, you may need to consider seeking the help of a professional counsellor.

Here are seven useful keys to overcome the darkness of fear in your life, and arouse your inner strength.

  1. Identify the specific fear that haunts you. Give it a name. For instance, if you are afraid of balloons, then identify it as 'the fear of balloons'.
  2. Find the root of that specific fear. Usually a fear can be traced back to an original situation. If you find that root, you will be better able to challenge that fear.
  3. Visualize yourself being fearless in the face of your current fear. This will be your will at work to motivate your mind to change the entrenched fearful way of thinking.
  4. Speak out loud positive affirmations to yourself that you WILL not give up, and WILL overcome that fear.
  5. Refuse to accept that your fear is ridiculous, childish or insignificant. No one feels that fear but you, and fear has no respect for age or any other demo-graphical factor for that matter.
  6. Face your fear head-on. You may need to do this on gradually increased stages so as not to overwhelm yourself. Immersion is a psychological technique used to overcome fear, and includes mentally revisiting the original cause of a particular fear. Sometimes, immersion may involve being in the an physical environment or situation that triggers a fearful reaction.
  7. Be patient with yourself as you continue to fight against fear. Remember that being free of a particular fear is not easy and takes time, but know that it will happen. You are already a champion for deciding to overcome your fear.

A mind tormented by fear is masked by a particular perception or illusion. This is not to say that fear isn't real, because it is definitely real. You can feel it, and you know the effects of it. It is a mental reality and has to be treated as such. Remember these truths in your conquest ~

  • That fear is NOT you.
  • You are separate and distinct from that fear.
  • That fear is your enemy and you can conquer it.
  • Fear is not usually easy to overcome but is ABSOLUTELY possible.


"Perhaps the most important thing we can undertake toward the reduction of fear is to make it easier for people to accept themselves, to like themselves." Bonaro W. Overstreet

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." Marianne Williamson



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    • Cheapmaternity profile image

      Cheapmaternity 6 years ago from Surin, Thailand

      Fear is in many people. Such as fear the night.

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      Shane Brown-Daniels 7 years ago from Jamaica

      @ Deborah - It's true what you say. We have to muster our strength to face our fears.

      @ Steve - your comment causes me to think about Fear at another angle. Yes it is natural, and even necessary in some instances. It's how we react to that fear that makes the difference.

      Thanks for both your points.

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      Steve Hall 7 years ago

      I think you make some great points in relation to overcoming the fears that hold us back. I think fear is a natural part of life, but it is when that fear stops us from living life to the fullest that we need to take some action to control or overcome the fear.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      You make several good points. We all have fear, it's just a matter of standing strong and facing them down.