Fear is an emotion that influences our actions and behavior. Its purpose is to protect us from danger. Too often, however, we humans respond fearfully to false perceptions of danger. I love the definition of fear by American author, salesman and motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Because fear is innate to our emotions, we all experience it. What we need to evaluate is whether or not it supports us or limits our potential for living a more fulfilling life. Maybe this would be a perfect moment to reflect on how you have lived the first half of 2019. Is there a fear you experienced that has prevented you from being happier, more successful, or more peaceful?
If you had overcome that fear, how would you be today? What would you be doing? With whom would you be? If you keep this fear in 2019, what will you bring into your life? Do you want to perpetuate a situation based on fear?
There are different kinds of fears, such as:
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of failure
- Fear of abandonment
- Fear of success
Take a pause and see if you have a fear that is limiting you. Evaluate what kind of fear it is, reflect on the possible reasons as to why you have it, and start keeping a journal of your thoughts about it. Make a list of the pluses and minuses of avoiding the fear, and then make another list imagining that you have overcome your fear. Which one is more beneficial to your life? Is overcoming the fear of value to you? Based on your answers, make your decision….and take the first step. Keep in mind…you have choices!
Remember…your Life is Meaningful!
Ligia M. Houben