Written by: Saniya Anklesaria || Graphics by: Saniya Anklesaria
We know how fear feels, but what we don’t is what it actually means.
What is Fear?
As we grow up, we are taught that our fears are our weaknesses and we should overcome them. People often say, “Don’t worry”, “Don’t Panic”. But what if we look at it from a fresh perspective, as an amazing act of imagination, something that can be as insightful as storytelling. This angle of imagination can be seen mostly in young children whose fears are wildly vivid. As we grow up, most of us tend to let go of these. However, it’s not surprising for some of the creative minds to not let go of them, and they often still have these frights as an adult.
Fear, An Illusion
Fears and fictional stories have the same components. They have a beginning, a middle , an end, they have characters, plots, genres and most importantly an imagination. Just like a story, it raises the question of “What will happen next?”, i.e. they make us ponder upon our futures, projecting ourselves in the future of time. One thing always leads to the other. To conclude, if our fears are stories, we should understand that we are not only the authors, but also the readers.
We need to realise that this is always about what does not exist, based mainly on past thoughts and beliefs. It’s a voice in your head that tells you “you can’t” and this voice keeps getting louder as you listen to it. Thus how we read them, will have a profound effect on our lives.
Fight or Flight your Fear?
So far, we have understood that fears are nothing but an illusion, an imagination in our head. The next question that arises is how should we deal with them. Should we fight our fears? Should we flight? The answer to that is quite simple and can be answered with another question.
What is courage? Do we acquire it? Well clearly, the source of our courage is our fear. This can be acquired only by fighting our fears, overcoming them. There are two types of people; one who conquer their fears and the other belongs to those who live in them. It’s seen that people who belong to the first category are the ones who live their dreams. By facing your frights, you become the person you want to be. Let a little fear come in and motivate you to become better. It is an uphill battle, it’s hard, but do not let it control you. Don’t give it power, instead give yourself the power.
Champions are made in these moments. Fears are the number 1 killer of dreams, so it’s very crucial to overcome it and face it. The hardest is to take that very first step.
Ways To Overcome This
Abundance comes from confidence while scarcity comes from fear. You should in fact be grateful, cause these fearful times bring out the best in you.
The very first step is to be intentional in your decisions. Be it the worst or best thing in your life, your perception matters. Go big and live a life with no regrets.
The next step is to feel your fear. Start slowly and gradually build momentum. Take your time to talk about it because you can’t think straight when your mind is flooded with doubt and suspicion. Such thoughts paralyze your action, so whenever you are in the grip of it, feel it.
Visualize yourself as a confident person. This visual image will help your subconscious mind to accept it, thus helping you perform better.
The Act As If method is another way to overcome your fears. You need to talk, walk and carry yourself in the same way you would when in an unfearful situation. You need to put on a smile and act confident as if you know you will get through it.
Lastly, reward yourself. It is very important to reward yourself. This will encourage you and help you stand up in such situations.
Fear, a Go Signal
Treating your fear as a go signal and not a stop signal is what can lead to miracles. After all miracles are nothing but a shift in perception to love from fright.
In the words of Shakespeare, “Take arms against a sea of troubles, and in so doing, end them.”
So beat your fears, take them up as an opportunity to achieve something in life. Read in a good way, they are the best gift of imagination, a way of glimpsing what might be our future.