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Kevin & Jackie Freiberg

12 Truths About Fear

  1. Fear is part of our neural circuitry. It warns us of an immediate threat, floods our bodies with adrenaline and enables us to react in split seconds. Fear is essential to our survival. It also kills us.
  2. Fear manifests itself in many ways, but all fall into one of three categories—fight, freeze, flight.
  3. Fear is one of the great enemies of living a big, rich, full, joyful life.
  4. Fear steals our dreams, weakens our resolve, lowers our esteem, paralyzes us and hinders us from being all that we were created to be.
  5. Research now shows that it is psychologically impossible for our minds to process fear and appreciation at the same time. When something scary happens ask yourself: What can I learn from this? Where is the silver lining in this situation? What is there to appreciate about this scenario? Fear will begin to dissipate.
  6. Run from your fears and they will grow stronger.
  7. Disown your fears and they will own you.
  8. Most fears are irrational. Fear is an automatic response that is faster than the process of rational thought. It’s on us before we know it!
  9. You will never discover your true capabilities unless you find the courage to step through fear.
  10. Like turning on the light in a dark, scary room, when you put the spotlight on fear the unknowns become known and usually a lot less scary.
  11. The key to stepping through fear is to recognize it immediately, understand its nature, stop it in its tracks and destroy it in its infancy.
  12. The best way to destroy fear is to do the very thing that frightens you.

What fear threatens to take you down today?