When you think about the path you want to take in life, do you see fear and worry as boulders, or do you use them as stepping stones?
Richie Norton, author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid, tells a story. He was surfing in Hawaii with his son, when they noticed a shark circling near the area of the beach where they needed to return. For various reasons, swimming around the shark was not a viable option. The only way back was in a straight line, right through where the shark was swimming. Slowly, they paddled their way across, until they reached the safety of the shore.
The point of the story is, sometimes you have to swim through the fear to get to where you want to be.
In addition, fear’s best friend is worry. Usually where one is, the other is right there with it. There is a famous proverb that goes like this:
“Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”
What can you do to overcome those fears and worries? If someone has a medically diagnosed case of anxiety or mood disorder, that is certainly something to get professionally treated. But if you’re simply allowing your fears and worries to stop you from getting what you really want in life, maybe it’s time to take stock and re-evaluate.
Here are a few ways to do it:
Stay in the present and don’t allow yourself to worry about things you can’t control. If there is something you can control, it’s your own thoughts. There are many great apps out there to help you practice mindfulness.
2. Swim Through the Fear
Amelia Earhart famously said, “The best way to do it is to do it.” Do the thing you need to do, no matter how scared you are. You’ll most likely wonder what was so scary once you’ve accomplished it!
Draw on the power of God, who loves you, to silence and calm your fears. He most assuredly will – all you have to do is ask, then act on faith.
Letting go of fears and worries is not easy, but with practice, it will require less effort. You’ll find yourself less stressed out and more relaxed – more connected with your true, happy self!