“Fight your fears and you’ll be in battle forever. Face your fears and you’ll be free forever.” ~Lucas Jonkman …
It is difficult to face our fears… especially when we do not have any certainty of the outcome. But there is one certainty we do have: if we do not face our fears, we will not overcome them, and will be faced with them yet again in the future. In a very real way, fear is something that we do to ourselves. We give into it, we hand over control to it, and we refuse to deal with it.
Perhaps you are afraid to get up in front of a group of people and talk. Well, one thing you should know is that if you are unwilling to confront this fear, then as Lucas points out, your fight is a never-ending battle; you will forever be afraid to speak in front of others. So can you really control your fears? Can you still function even in spite of them? Believe that you can, but that you must build up your confidence and resolve–“I must face my fears and overcome them little by little”. And if you are able to do so, you will find yourself freed from the power they once held over you.
Too often in life we let our fears dictate our actions (or lack thereof), and our tendency is to blame those fears as the reason for our failures or shortcomings. But this only serves to feed the beast, as it helps fear to not only thrive, but to grow in our lives.
Fear will most likely always be a part of your life, and that is ok. The important thing is that you remain in control of it and always work to minimize and overcome it. Awareness of our fears helps us to know when and how they will affect us so that we can develop healthy and effective techniques in dealing with them.
Try to face a fear of yours today.
Questions to consider:
What are you afraid of? What caused these fears originally? Are the same factors still in place now as when the fears were first created?
In what ways can we face our fears?
What happens to fear when we accept it for what it is instead of fighting it?
For further thought:
“The enemy is fear. We think it is hate; but, it is fear.” ~Mahatma Gandhi