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Conquering Fear

Layne McDonald. Ph.D.

Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out. -Benjamin Franklin

What keeps you from living your dreams?

What problem is most dominant in people’s lives?

The answer is: FEAR!

People live every day in fear. Fear of losing their wealth, fear of losing their loved ones, fear of making the wrong decisions, fear of being themselves, fear of growing up, and suspicion of committing. The list goes on and on.

The leading cause of people not fulfilling their dreams is NOT the fear of failure - it is the fear of success! The suspicion of conducting what they set out to do. The fear of living life to the fullest may have paralyzed you. This will cause you to never try in your business, or if you do try, sabotage your efforts so you never have to face your fear of success.

Most people live in this grip and are not even aware that it has control over them! Fear is the one thing that can turn your dreams of financial freedom, loving relationships, and a fulfilling and significant life into a pattern of habits, including procrastination, self-sabotage, and other unhealthy habits.

Fear is the dominant problem in your life today. The two questions you need to answer to conquer your fear are:  

Which fear has the most control over your behavior? Is it the fear of failure, the fear of rejection, the fear of success, or is it all of them?

How do I interrupt the unhealthy habits I have developed to protect me from this fear? How do I interrupt the programming I have within me?

These are the two most important questions when overcoming your fears. If you can answer these two questions, your life will forever change!

The reality of fear is that it is human and is a part of life. It is not going to go away. Anxiety can even be healthy! It is a gift to keep you safe and closer to your creator.

Every person is born with three instinctive fears. These are fear of falling, fear of loud noises, and fear of abandonment. These three fears were given to help you check what is happening around you. Think about it; fear gives you the adrenaline rush that makes you escape a genuinely unsafe situation. It also gives you the same thrill that causes you to fight to win.

Faith is born in fear. God knew in His infinite wisdom that fear is what would drive His people back to Him. Although sometimes, it is only in times of extreme fear that we look to God and choose Him. Look at your own life and think about the times you looked to God for His power and wisdom. Those were probably times of extreme fear. True faith is born from fear!

So, what caused the gift of fear to be the number one problem in society today? Why do people let fear control their actions, beliefs, and lives? The answer is the difference between reacting to fear and acting in fear. It has everything to do with your belief system.

Children typically react instinctively to fear, which is proper behavior at this age. Most adults do not distinguish between reacting to worry, as when they were a child, and acting with their intellect when dealing with fear. 

People react instinctively to fear by either denying it or running away from it. They miss the power that comes from acting with their intellect, never allowing the fear to become the gift it was intended to be. Learn to work with your intellect by exposing your genuine fears and beliefs, and free yourself to move on with all you are meant to do, have, and become!

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