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.”
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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