You cannot rid yourself of fear all at once—it takes time. The mental strongholds of trepidation are deeply rooted and will not be expelled without you first understanding the task that lies before you. It should go without saying that any type of personal transformation is not easy. The methods are elementary, but the effort required to maintain those methods over time is where the challenge abides.
And so it is with fear—the most insidious of emotional handicaps. It is fear that causes an otherwise capable person to restrain themselves from realizing their potential. Living in fear is when you forbid yourself from living your dream because you’re afraid of something that hasn’t happened.
“It Won’t Bite You!”
In part one of this series, we defined fear as an emotion caused by a belief. This is vital to understand because it highlights the amazing power of fear. How much weaker can you get than an emotion and a belief? Yet, a simple emotion caused by a belief has sent millions to their graves without ever realizing their potential.
The root of fear is the unknown. It’s why you’re afraid of the dark. It’s why you’re afraid of the future. It’s why you’re afraid of almost anything. And when you’re dealing with the unknown, your mind will create a false reality through your imagination.
This is why someone might think that every spider will bite them. They’re so convinced that all insects bite, they won’t even hold a Daddy Long Legs spider because of fear. Logically, they know the spider isn’t venomous, and it has no fangs, yet their imagination is more powerful than their reason.
Afraid of Something That Hasn’t Happened
Think of how many areas of your life you might be treating with the same fear as holding a harmless spider. Again, you know that there’s nothing to fear, but you still refuse to step out on your dreams because you’re terrified of something that will never happen; and even if it did, the alleged “pain” will not be as bad as you think.
This type of fear must be eradicated, and if you’re going to begin that process, then you must understand the way your mind processes its fear. If fear is an emotion caused by a belief, then your beliefs must be changed. If fear is rooted in the unknown, then you must be equipped with knowledge. And if fear is based upon a form of self-deception, then you must be armed with the truth.
Therefore, a rooted knowledge of the truth is the first step to eradicating your fear, and that means studying the unquestionable principles that govern success in whatever it is you’re working towards. In part 3 of this series, I’ll break down the “truth” about unquestionable principles. Metal up!
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