All of us have our own fears. Learning how to overcome fears can be challenging for everyone. Undoubtedly overcoming our fear is not easy. Point to be noted is that no one is born with any kind of fear. There are certain circumstances, past bad experiences, which lead someone to develop a particular fear.
The most common fears that we experience are the fear of failure, poverty, and loss of money. Besides these, there are other fears like fear of heights, darkness, ghosts, water, etc.
Obviously fears reduce people’s tendency to take risk of any kind and to reject opportunity when it is presented to them. They are so afraid of failure that they almost become numb or paralyzed when it comes to taking any chances at all.
There are many other fears that interfere with our life and day-to-day happiness like:
- People have a fear of losing their love
- People fear the loss of jobs.
- People have a fear of being embarrassed or ridiculed.
- People have a fear of rejection and criticism, loss of respect.
Such fears hold us back throughout life and snatch our normal state of living peacefully. When people are really afraid, their mouth and throat go dry, their heart starts beating fast, sometimes they breathe shallowly and their stomach churns.
The question is how to overcome our fear?
Here are the top five techniques that may teach you to overcome your fears and brings your intrepidity back.
1.Feel Yourself Unafraid
Visualize yourself performing with confidence and intrepidity where you are fearful. When you feel numb, hold on for a few seconds and imagine you dare take the challenge. Your visual image will be accepted by your subconscious mind.
Your self-image, the way you want to see yourself as a fearless person is eventually altered my mind. At least this relieves you a bit. A positive mental picture of yourself gives you confidence.
2. Confront Your Fear
The more you run away from your fear, the more it intimidates you. Your ability to confront, deal with, and act in spite of your fears is the key to overcome it.
Practice to identify a person or situation in your life of which you are afraid of and stay undeterred to resolve or to deal with that fear.
Do not allow it to make you unhappy. Confront the situation or person and put the fear behind you, say – I am not afraid of you.
3. Practice Acting ‘Nothing Intimidated You’:
Walk, talk, and carry yourself exactly as you would if you were completely unafraid in a particular situation.
You stand up straight, smile, move quickly and confidently, and in every respect act as if you have the courage that you desire. You are as normal as the other person who doesn’t afraid in such situations.
4. Have a Positive Attitude
It is a known fact that people who have positive attitudes are successful because they keep trying after when others give up. Face your fear, but don’t give up. Have a positive attitude towards every aspect of life. Nurture a strong fighting spirit in you. If you’re afraid to do something again because it didn’t work out the last time, figure out why it didn’t work, and try something with a positive hope before you give up trying altogether.
5. Get Control of Your Imagination.
Fear thrives when we imagine the worst. It is a human tendency. It starts to imagine the worst when it gets fearful. If a person becomes a puppet in the hands of his imagination, he suffers much more than those who either future-project their imaginations constructively or who don’t tend to think about the worse future much at all. A bad imagination makes upcoming events feel like catastrophes waiting to happen.
Calculate what future is going to bring you, but try to get control over unnecessary imagination which may affect your confidence.