In his famous speech, when Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese, known as the most infamous day in history, American president Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation, famously stated, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.
Fear is universal and we ALL face it, so why do some people allow it to paralyze them and others rise to the occasion and step up, appearing to be fearless? The only way to deal with fear is to face it head on and overcome it. Dale Carnegie said, “In-action breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, DO NOT sit at home and think about it Go out and get busy”.
Here are some steps to take action and overcome fear:
1. Admit/Accept Your Fears
One of the biggest misconceptions is that courage equals a lack of fear when actually the opposite is true. “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear - not absence of fear”, Mark Twain said. By admitting your fear, we can then challenge how accurate it really is.
2. What is the Foundation of our Fear
Much of our fear is not based upon facts, but based on a feeling. There is an old saying that happens to be one of my favorite quotes regarding fear, “Fear and worry are interest paid in advance on something you may never own”. When we acknowledge that the majority of fear is unfounded, we can begin to release its power over us.
3. Focus on What You Can Control
We can’t control when our time is up, we cannot control our circumstances that we face but we can control our attitudes and our actions. John Wooden said, “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do”.
Remember that YOU decide:
*“I can control my attitude, but not others actions”
*”I can control my calendar, but not others’ circumstances”
*”It’s not what happens TO me, but what happens IN me”
4. Focus on TODAY!
The only thing you have any control over is today! Yesterday is history and tomorrow hasn’t happened yet… But focusing only on what is right in front, we can manage tremendous risk as we know we only have to deal with it one day at a time.
5. Do It NOW - TAKE ACTION!
Often, all it takes to conquer our fears is to change our focus, and focus on that which we CAN control. By taking action in the face of fear, by accepting that fear is part of life and must be faced and overcome with courage, we will achieve results. Harry Truman said, “The worst danger we face is the danger of being paralyzed by doubts and fears. This danger is brought on by those who abandon faith and sneer at hope”.
We must feed our faith and starve our fears. Hope is Having Overcome Persevering in Everything. NEVER GIVE UP HOPE!
Faith is about NOT asking God to take you out of the storm, it’s about asking Him to help you THROUGH the storm.