Fear, fear go away. Find some other place to play. I do not have time for you today. My mind is full of opportunity, just go away and stay.
You have the right to tell fear to go away. Read the little poetic ditty again and again; banish your fears right away.
Fear has a purpose, to give warning or protect you from danger but oftentimes we react with imagined fear when there is no danger or need for protection. Learn to distinguish the two – you will find that your imagination controls most of your fear responses.
Imagined fear arises from uncertainty or exaggerated concerns which are prompted by anticipation of what may happen -instead of present reality – that then causes the body and mind to become needlessly over stimulated. Be warned, a constant state of fear overworks the endocrine system and is the cause of chronic anxiety, panic, and distress.
Let it go – move fear out of your mind and here is exactly how you can do that:
- Identify three of your greatest fears. Write them down.
- Acknowledge each fear; say it out loud (give it a name) using I am statements. Example: I am afraid of ________. Do this for your three greatest fears.
- Educate yourself about each one. Re-write your script using a different I statement that neutralizes the fear with an action step . Example: I will control my response to singing in public by taking voice lessons)
- Write three affirmations you will use to overcome fear
- Set a definite goal to gradually eliminate each fear; i.e. public speaking for example, until you conquer it. Write down a goal date for each fear and work diligently and with action to match your deadline.
These five steps are designed to give you pause time to stop and objectively evaluate your top three fears. Be honest, the outcome depends on it. Repeat the exercises often until controlling your learned fears become a first-response habit.
Make a decision to face each anxiety realistically. Fear NOT!
Make opportunity, not fear.
Opportunity Step: Say: I am not new to this; I am true to this!