It’s a New Year and a new set of resolutions, whatever your resolutions are ensure that the top one on the list is no longer a Slave to FEAR.
Fear gets to the best of us, whether it is fear of failure, fear of success or even fear of fear. All of us have experienced fear at some point in our lives and it can be a real stumbling block that holds us back from being truly successful.
No Longer a Slave to Fear – What is Fear?
According to Wikipedia fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behaviour, such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events.
Fear in human beings may occur in response to a certain stimulus occurring in the present, or in anticipation or expectation of a future threat perceived as a risk to body or life. The fear response arises from the perception of danger leading to a confrontation with or escapes from/avoiding the threat (also known as the fight-or-flight response), which in extreme cases of fear (horror and terror) can be a freeze response or paralysis.
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. It is being afraid of (someone or something) as likely to be dangerous, painful, or harmful.
Anyway, don’t panic, you can vow to be no longer a slave to fear. There is a way to conquer these fears and what better time to start than this New Year.
Here are my top 9 fast-acting tips for you to conquer your fear this year:
1.Separate Reality from Perception
Get all the fact before you jump to a conclusion. Be rational and open-minded as you analyse the situation for what it is and not what is perceived by you or others around you. Do a thorough soul search and explore your perception of the present situation. No longer a slave to fear.
2. Identify the Trigger
Once you have identified what is triggers your fear get rid of it immediately. It might be hard but it will be worth it, in some cases, it is advisable that you seek professional help. Remove the trigger and you are well on your way.
3. Know Where Fear Lives in Your Body
For some people whenever they get fearful their palm becomes sweaty, for others they get an instant headache or severe bowel actions. Be in tune with where your fear lives in your body. Use it as an indicator to tell you when something needs to be addressed. What you are aware of you can act on.
4. Be an Observer
Become an observer of your fear and start looking at it from a different perspective. Look at it the way you would observe and analyse someone else’s fear. Take out the emotion as if it is not happening to you.
5. Listen to Your Inner Thoughts
Control and monitor your inner thoughts, Shut down negative self-talk, stop and change the script to positive talk constantly repeat them for reassurance.
6. Create New Association
Whenever you become fearful recall and paint a mental picture of something or someone you love. Keep repeating this and soon your brain will associate your fear trigger with something much more pleasurable.
7. Consider the Worst
Imagine the worst thing that can happen and come up with strategies to avoid or lessen the likelihood of it happening. Think of something you can put in place to ensure that the worst-case scenario never happens?
8. Look at the Glass Half Full
Perception is a very powerful thing. How you feel about your situation dictates how you respond think positively and you’ll give yourself a much better chance of success.
9. Learn How to Create Space
Fear happens in the emotional part of the brain so it is natural to act instinctively. So when fear rises, break the fear cycle by stopping, creating space and breath. This will give you time to calm down and allow your rational brain time to catch up. No longer a slave to fear.