What Fear Really Is
According to psychologists and neuroscientists, fear is an emotion that is sparked by impending danger or pain. It doesn't matter if the danger or pain is real or imagined, it generates real fear in a person. But how often are you in physical danger where your natural fear response is used as it was meant to be? Most of your fear is generated by the thoughts you let float around in your head combined with the lack of knowledge on a subject. Fear is dismantled by rational thought, study and reflection.
Why Not to be Afraid
We live in a risk-averse bubble where we are comfortable. It's why we go to the same restaurants and order the same food, drive the same way to work, eat lunch with the same people, keep the same job, wear the same clothes, vacation in the same spots, repeat our favorite songs. We like our comfort - but a life of comfort isn't what you want. A life of comfort isn't a life fully lived. You're someone who wants more out of life, someone who wants to grow, learn and try new things, you just need a little boost to overcome your fears.
Punching Fear in the Face
- Learn about the subject - be knowledgeable on the topic
- Face your fear on purpose - put yourself face to face with you fear and trample it
- Face your fear on purpose again, and again and again - until you've trained your brain to react without panic
I've learned that there are plenty of things in life that will scare me - but I find peace in trusting my God in any situation. I trust that my God has placed me in a situation with a purpose, to grow me personally, to show me something, or to bring me home. In any of those cases, the gain is always worth the pain; this makes it easier for me to face a fear, especially the first time.