Have you ever felt anxiety? Can you think of a time that you chose not to do something out of being afraid? Is there a thing, that if seen or heard, freaks you out in a way that causes you to act abnormal? All of these responses are because of one particular emotion. The culprit is FEAR. Many use fear interchangeably with scared and afraid. However, there is a difference. Feeling anxiety, apprehension, scary, afraid, etc. occurs when one perceives something to be fearful. What is the significance of understanding the difference? Well, it helps tremendously with dealing with fear.
First, what is fear? Fear is the emotion when one becomes aware of or perceives danger. So, how do you know danger? Remember, as a kid, mom told you not to touch that iron, but your curiosity was greater than her command. What was your reaction once you felt the heat of the iron? No one could pay you to touch another iron again, could they? Think about how kids will try anything. They have no fear. As we get older, we become more aware and experiences develop the emotion of fear. All in all, fear is learned, and there are variances of fear.
Now let’s look at our responses to the emotion of fear. When you touched that iron, you went from shock to despair in less than one second. Did anyone have to teach you how to react once you were aware of the danger of touching the iron? Innately, we respond according to our emotion.
Therefore, the perception of danger determines the degree of fear; which consequently determines the rational or irrational behavior in response to that fear. This is good news! Fear can be controlled!
FEAR IS CREATED BY PERCEPTION. CHANGE PERCEPTION AND CHANGE FEAR.
If we work on how we perceive a thing, then we can handle our emotions and reactions. Thusly, impacting our circumstances. Adam Smith discusses the 10 biggest fears that keeps us from succeeding in his book:
- MISSING OUT
- LOSING CONTROL
- BEING JUDGED
- SOMETHING BAD HAPPENING
- GETTING HURT
All these fears were learned by some experience. Therefore, anything perceiving to resemble that experience stirs up the learned emotion. Then, once fear sets in, our defense mechanism kicks in. Often times, the results are more negative than positive.
Overcoming fear is no easy feat. But indeed a worthy battle.
5 Steps to Overcome Fear:
- Acknowledge your fear. (Admit your fear.)
- Understand its origin. (How did you learn this fear.? What was the experience that created fear?)
- Recover (Experiences which create fear, usually hurt. We must heal from past experiences.)
- Change perception. (Look to future experiences with a positive mindset. That doesn’t mean ignoring past experiences. You did learn something. Become more excited because of your wisdom and strength that your past experience gave you. You are more equipped to handle your future experiences.)
- Act according to your new perception. (Never will you overcome fear without facing it head on. Tackle it with your new ammunition.)
What is FEAR to Polishers?
FERVENTLY EXECUTING AMAZING RESULTS
Thank you Lord for giving me wisdom and power through my past experiences. I know who I am in you God. You have endowed me with your riches and glory. You did not give me the spirit of fear, but of power and love and self-control. Therefore, I rebuke the spirit of fear in Jesus name! You are my shepherd and are with me; I shall not fear. I put my trust in you God, and know that all things work for the good of those who love the Lord. You have given me purpose. My purpose is greater than any demeaning spirit. Therefore, I expect greater and will be greater. Fear I speak against you. You are as the mountain cast into the sea. In Jesus name I pray. Amen!