Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear Isn’t Easy, But It Is Simple

The simple process of overcoming fear is:

  • Acknowledge that you’re afraid of doing something.
  • Prepare to do the thing you fear. Your fear will probably get worse.
  • Do it anyway.
  • Do it again, and again.

Each time you do it, your fear will be less. Eventually it will be gone. You have overcome it!

Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can do the next thing that comes along.”

What she said to me is, To be done with fear, to have confidence, we must do the thing we think we cannot do.

Facing Fear

Fear is a wall. If fear isn’t a wall, what is it?

Fear is nothing but a feeling. Fear has no power except the power that we give it. Fear can not stop you from doing anything. Fear may make your palms sweaty, your face and neck break out in hives and your stomach so upset you feel like vomiting, but fear cannot stop you. You stop you.

Thirty years ago, early on in my recovery, fear prompted me to begin most conversations I had with an explanation of why I spoke the way I did. By continuing to do the thing I feared, talking to people, my fear and self consciousness gradually lessened. Because of my willingness to repeatedly do what I feared, fear was overcome. Winners Don’t Quit!

Mark Twain on Fear

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. Except a creature be part coward, it is not a compliment to say it is brave.”

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3 Responses to Overcoming Fear

  1. Deb Simpson December 7, 2011 at 11:39 am #

    Good post and great advice.  We all have some kind of fear.  Facing it and understanding that it can’t hurt us will help us to overcome our fears.

  2. Anonymous December 8, 2011 at 4:08 am #

    Thank you for your share, Deb. I agree that most of our fears can’t hurt us. I also see fear as an asset which prompts us to adapt and thereby become better prepared to face whatever is next.

  3. llp February 2, 2012 at 3:55 am #

    smart

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