It’s just a four letter word, yet it has the power to stop us from going after our dreams. But, what if… we don’t let it?
You might say to yourself, “I’m scared to travel alone.” But what if you do it anyway?
You might say, “I’m scared to let go of love.” But what if you do it anyway?
You might say, “I’m scared to move across the country by myself.” But what if you do it anyway? What will happen?
Well, if you ask anyone who has ever overcame their fears, they will tell you things turned out just fine, sometimes even fantastic. The world doesn’t come crashing down when you do what scares you. In fact, your world becomes a little less scary because you end up stronger and wiser.
Fear Is Our Body’s Natural Response to Threats
Did you know our bodies confuse fear and excitement?
Think about a time when you were really excited about something and think about a time when you were really scared of something. How did your body react?
Your heart races, you start to sweat, and you can’t sit still for some reason. That’s because our body’s physiological responses to fear and excitement are exactly the same.
That explains a lot, doesn’t it?
It’s why when you have new ideas, they always sound so amazing at first but then a minute or a day goes by and you don’t think they sound so good anymore. Why? Because the excitement wears off and fear settles in.
Who knows how many dreams fear kills every day.
Don’t let it kill yours.
You Can Overcome Fear
Whenever people talk about their dreams, they also often talk about how scared they are of failing.
People repeat negative thoughts like, “This is a crazy idea, no one is going to like it, and I am not an expert” over and over again in their heads.
What you need to do when you catch yourself with these thoughts is to stop and acknowledge them.
Look at your fears as if it’s another person and tell them to sit down. Tell your fears you know they are there and thank them for wanting to protect you, but that you are not in any actual danger.
Once you can separate yourself from your fears you can set them aside and move on.
Do not let your fears control you, you can control them.
Fear Can Be Useful
If you’re one of those people who constantly say you don’t know what you want in life, take notice of what scares you.
Dreams often come packaged as fear. That’s just how they work. First, they scare you, then they challenge you, then they reward you.
If you find yourself daydreaming about doing certain things constantly but the thought of doing it terrifies you, that may the thing you need to do the most.
Take fear as a sign that something is very important to you. If it stirs your heart, there must be a reason, otherwise, you wouldn’t be so scared of it.
Fears and Dreams Come Hand in Hand
Think of all the things you’ve done in life so far that you’re really proud of. Didn’t they start off being pretty scary? Then you overcame whatever challenges they brought you and by the end, you felt proud of yourself.
Every success story starts like this.
So the next time you have an idea that you can’t stop thinking about but scares you, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s also really good. Sometimes the higher the stake is, the greater the reward.
But none of that will matter unless you do it.
Overcoming Fear Takes Practice
Mark Twain said it best, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
Fear will never truly go away because it serves a biological purpose in our bodies, but you can learn to differentiate between the fears that are there to keep you safe and those that will sabotage your goals.
Overcoming fear is a skill and the more you practice it, the better you become at it. If writing scares you, write. If traveling scares you, travel. You don’t have have to tell the whole world about it. Practice what scares you until you’re comfortable with it and eventually, you will be proud of it.
The strength to overcome fear is in you, you just have to tap into it.