“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain.
Fear is a tricky one. It’s a natural human response and it’s something that we all feel from time to time. Feeling fear has been essential in our evolution and ensuring our survival, protecting us from dangerous situations. But what about when the fear feeling becomes more hindering than helpful? How do we control second-hand fear?
Here’s Dr Claire Maguire to explain…
It’s not unusual for friends or family to feel doubtful or fearful for you when wanting to make major changes or begin a new project. This fear is often unwarranted and perhaps it’s their own anxiety that is coming out. The trick is to recognise this and ensure that it doesn’t stop you from going ahead with your vision.
Be aware of the people and situations that make you feel unsure of yourself and minimise your time around these triggers, especially when you’re focusing on making some waves and creating some shifts in your life.
It will help to be surrounded by positive energy and can-do attitudes. Note the people who encourage you to progress and follow your dreams, because you CAN do that thing you’ve always wanted to do. You just have to escape the fear cycle and do it.
The flip side of this is to notice the energies that you yourself are giving off. Make sure you are the supportive friend, colleague or relative. If your thoughts towards a situation or others are ones of negativity and anxiety, then of course this is going to multiply the doubt there too.
Encourage others to reach their potential. Don’t project and nurture fear, quash it! Remember…
Be a fountain, not a drain!