Walking Through Your Fear
The situations, activities, and individuals that frighten us
remain static. Their relative intensity does not change.
Fear, on the other hand, self-magnifies. It is when you are
afraid and envisioning all that might go wrong that the
energy underlying your fear grows. A tiny flicker of anxiety
can easily develop into a terror that manifests itself
physically and eventually paralyzes you into inaction.
Though frequently, in walking through that fear, we discover
that the strength of our fright was out of synch with reality.
And we learn that doing what frightens us can lead
to great blessings. Confronting your trepidation head-on
will help you accept that few frightening scenarios will
ever live up to the negative disasters that we
sometimes play out in our minds.
Though fear is literally an evolutionary gift meant to
sharpen your senses and energize you during times of great
stress, it can nonetheless become a barrier that prevents
you from fulfilling your potential by causing you to miss out
on rewarding, life-changing experiences. During the period
before you face your fear, you may have to deal with a
barrage of negative thoughts and emotions. Walking
through it, whether your fear is public speaking, taking part
in an activity that makes you nervous, or asserting yourself
when the odds are against you, may be equally as difficult.
But once you have emerged unscathed on the other side,
which you will, you will likely wonder why you assumed the
worst in the first place. As you spend time worrying about
what might happen, it's good to know that your fear
probably won't happen at all. It may feel like a great weight
has been lifted from your shoulders, and you will likely
feel a sense of passionate pride. Walking through your
fear can mean taking risks and can require both practice
and patience. Since it is challenging to act when
you are gripped with fear, start small.
Each step you take into fear will strengthen you and help
you confront future fears with poise, courage, and
confidence. You will also find that when you are willing to
stare your fear in the face, the universe will always offer
you some form of aid or support. When you see the heights
of accomplishment and personal evolution you can attain
when you walk through your fears, your faith in yourself
will grow, allowing your next step to be easier.