Wednesday, May 06, 2009

DailyOM: Emerging Courageous‏

i absolutely needed to read this today!


May 6, 2009
Emerging Courageous
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.

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