How To Live Beyond Your Fears And Embrace A World Of Wonder

Fear Is Feedback

“Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.”— Robert Louis Stevenson

Fear defines us, whether or not we like it. It establishes a foothold deep within our psyche, where it spreads as the oppressor of hopes and dreams. Not that it wants to, but the energy it maintains is one of despair. It is akin to a terrifying dream that never ends, but growing in intensity. Fear is a dictator that grows louder because of the energy it receives. What starts out as a voice of reason can accompany us throughout life if we’re unaware. Can you identify with this narrative in your life? In what ways does fear make itself known to you? It is the unpopular kid at school who loiters around during break. Sure, we might feel sorry for them initially, but they are constantly there by our side. Surely there is more to life than succumbing to our fears?

I know people who are not defined by their fears. They are renegades, adventurers and aspirants who don’t allow fear to dull their experience of life. What do they know that others don’t? Wonder. The fearless amongst us have a sense of wonder and adventure. They approach life as an experiment and are curious about the world. Their passion and enthusiasm are central to facing their fears. Fear is not something that stops them, but promotes them. It is feedback calling them to confront something within their psyche. They know when fear surfaces; they are taking great strides in pursuit of their dreams and goals, and so it is natural to be terrified. Instead of letting fear defeat them, they use fear to promote their agenda. Most people are consumed by their fears because they believe the narrative it promotes. Fear is an emotion, just like other emotions. Granted, it has a stronger intensity, but it was never intended to stop us in our tracks, only to provide feedback on our actions.

Conquer Your Fears

“Obstacles are like wild animals. They are cowards, but they will bluff you if they can. If they see you are afraid of them… they are liable to spring upon you; but if you look them squarely in the eye, they will slink out of sight.” — Orison Swett Marden

Therefore, I invite you to be curious in the face of your fears. Investigate them, reason with them, but don’t buy into the narrative they espouse. Don’t let it be a one-sided conversation because you have power, even in the face of your fears. The secret to living beyond our fears is to approach them with curiosity while observing our reaction. So, if you fear asking your boss for a pay rise because they might say no, what small step can you take to overcome this fear? For instance, you might compile a list of your achievements and highlight why you are deserving of a pay rise, given the value you bring to the company. Expressed differently: we must leverage our fears to discover the essence of our character. Assuredly, if we listen intently, there is a subtle message guiding us to overcome our fears.

The more we know something, the better we are at taking inspired action to overcome it. Through a sense of wonder, we conquer our fears because, for most people, fear is a STOP sign. However, to the initiated, fear is a PROMOTE sign, offering important clues about our inner psyche. So, wonder what it’s like to walk in to your boss’s office and ask for that pay rise. Wonder how they will respond in kind and grant your request. Use wonder, not worry, because anything is possible if you allow your imagination to run wild. You paralyse your fears and silence your doubts when you consider all possibilities. Use your sense of wonder to rise above your fearful thoughts, because wonder is an agreeable emotion. It is neutral and inquisitive. Let it take hold and move you toward your hopes, dreams, and highest aspirations. Let no fear keep you down or stifle your greatness. After all, it is the same phenomenon seen in the sunset that holds the key to living beyond your fears; a sense of wonder.

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Tony Fahkry

Expert Life Coach

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