Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear

Everyone is scared. You are not the only one.

The millionaire is scared of losing his millions. The job-holder of losing his job. The businessman of making losses.

The salesman, of not meeting his targets. The H.R. guy of recruiting the wrong people. The production manager, of his machines failing. The speaker, of not connecting with his audience. The fisherman of not catching fish.

The husband of his wife. The wife, of her in-laws. Both, of their kids’ demands, or their behavior, or their future.

So how do you overcome fear?

There are, in my view, three primary ways to do it.

1. Distract Yourself. Watch movies, browse the net, read books, or gossip.
2. Get analytical, analyse each fear and work out a specific antidote for each.
3. Decide not to fear anything. Tough, but effective.

I owe some gratitude to all the people I have read from, for the above, but the interpretation is my own.


Harimohan said...

Raja, Well put. I do think fear guides almost everything in our lives and stops us from being what we can be.

I read an interesting book on Fear called 'Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway'. Apart from many new things on fear (she is a Ph.D. in the subject) she says that beyond everything our fears are based on our belief that maybe we cannot handle 'it'. If we can somehow get to a space where we feel that perhaps we can handle it somehow, bit by bit, with help or without, we are better equipped to face it. I found that an interesting takeaway from that book.

ಭಾಶೇ said...

Well... sometimes it is the fear or the pain that leads to excellence right? or is it that happens after we overcome the fear? or is it the process of overcoming it that leads to bigger success?

Whatever it is, overcoming fear or being fearless is tough!

Rajendra said...

Sowmya, I think there are easy ways and hard ways to achieve anything. Choice is ours at times. Fear is a motivator in things we don't like to do, maybe. But immersion or involvement or liking what we do may serve to remove the fear and still lead to excellence. Not always possible, I concede.

Hari, another book to read. Many miles to go...

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