Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Our brains are hardwired to experience fear in order to help us survive. For example, if we were about to be attacked by a lion, our heart would start racing, pupils become dilated, and we might need to go to the bathroom. Why? The brain is preparing the body to become as able as possible to escape the predator, run fast, and see with ultimate precision. It's pretty hard to run from a lion on a full stomach, while relaxed and chilled out!
In many cases, we create a lot of false fear in our heads, which unfortunately tells the body that lions are chasing us when in fact, possibly only a mouse is chasing us and it's because we are holding a piece of cheese. When we overwork our nervous system like this, we are creating undue anxiety in our lives.
Catastrophic thinking is thinking that the worst will happen for no realistic reason and is a cause of much anxiety and fear. If you fear something, question the reasons for being afraid of it. If it's life threatening, then yes, avoid it. If it's not, consider your reasons for fearing it and if they are not valid or realistic, then possibly you have no need to be afraid.
I was afraid of spiders most of my life and didn't think it was a big deal, until I realized later in life that I was avoiding some of my favorite things such as hiking and camping in order to avoid spiders. I began thinking about my fear and heard myself thinking things such as I have sweet blood so spiders come after me in particular. lol The silliness of my thoughts brought a lot of laughter into my life and I soon found myself no longer killing spiders that I found in my home, but rather placing them outside. Soon after that, I found myself desiring to go hiking and camping again. I can now control my fear of spiders, rather than my fear controlling me.
This issue addresses courage, overcoming fear, phobias, desensitization and much more. The mentors columns rock as always and are filled with wisdom and nourishment. As I do each year, I am running this issue during the Halloween season to lighten the mood and offer some holiday fun!
I hope you learn one thing from this issue about overcoming fear so you can go after your dreams and live your potential,
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