If you could take your fears and convert them into courage you could be unstoppable. It is our fears after all that prevent us from taking action. Fear of rejection. Fear of failure. Fear of being humiliated. Fear of success. Fear of dying. Fear of losing wealth/possessions. Fear that I won’t be loved. Fear of being hurt mentally, physically, emotionally. The list could go on.
Fear has been an important survival element for virtually all of our history. Think fight or flight. Our body manufactures chemicals that help us deal with fear. Ever felt the adrenaline surge just before an accident or near miss? Instantaneously released so that your body will have the burst of strength required to deal with whatever is creating this immediate and intense fear. The problem is that in today’s world the kinds of things that create fear don’t typically require the hormones and chemicals released by the body in order to deal with them. In fact they act as a detriment – stress.
Fear creates stress, stress can reinforce fear. Here is the thing, most of what we fear never comes to pass. We stress and obsess about things that are only in our mind. And our body betrays us and acts as if they are real. In our mind’s eye they are real. If you want to metabolize fear into courage you have to come to an understanding with your mind. That understanding is, that you don’t have to believe everything that you think. Yes, that is right you do not have to believe everything that you think. It is that simple in concept and as usual anything that seems simple is often difficult. This can be quite difficult, because you have to catch yourself.
So now what? Recognizing the pattern is only the first step. But now we can move to a place where you can use your mind. Evaluate what is causing the fear. What will happen if I am rejected? Will I die? What will happen if I fail? Will my happiness disappear? What will happen if I am humiliated? Will that destroy my reputation permanently? What would happen if I succeeded? Would it be tragic to accomplish what I had set out to do? You get the picture. Often we take an improbable worst case scenario and make it the only possible outcome to our taking action. And so we don’t. Or we take half hearted action. Or worse yet we believe things that we don’t have to and it impacts our ability to move forward in life.
Metabolizing fear into courage is possible and you can do it. Believe it when your mind is telling you all the horrible things that can, could, would, should happen to you for taking action when you are fearful. Nothing will get done and you will live the life of regret. Or, challenge yourself, start small, build on your success and take the next step. As Yoda says “Do or do not, there is no try.”
What could you do?… If you could metabolize fear into courage.