Your Challenge Today:

Acknowledge our fear …

By Bernadette Kathryn, LMT, IHLC


 

Fear keeps us focused on the past

or worried about the future.

If we can acknowledge our fear,

we can realize that right now we are okay…

~ Thich Nhat Hanh

 


 

Acknowledging our fear is an important step in dissipating it. Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future ~ not living in the present. When we can acknowledge our fear we give ourselves the opportunity to realize that right now, we are ok. And, acknowledging our fear provides the stage for us to confront the unknown ~ it might not be as bad as we fear. When we feel afraid, it’s valuable to think through the possible outcome that is causing our stress and realize that even if that outcome were to happen ~ we would find a way to work through it!

 

  • There is no shame in making mistakes
  • There is no shame is being wrong
  • There is no shame in trying and failing
  • There is no shame in losing

 

It is important for us to try new things, spread our wings and fly into new territory. Our spirit needs new experiences to thrive and grow, we need to learn, try and share new things with new people. We need to go to new places, see different cultures and experience the diversity of life. Experiencing the unfamiliar helps to add excitement to our lives, it connects new pathways in our brain and adds vitality to our lives. While we are busy trying new things, we can and should expect to make mistakes, to be wrong in some of our assumptions and to fail. It is through the trying that we learn, grown and develop our self-confidence and creativity.

 


So the next time you endeavor to try something new but feel scared ~

ask yourself these questions:


 

  • What are the facts?
  • What’s the worst thing that can happen?
  • What are the possible solutions?
  • How will my life change if I fail?
  • How will my life change if I win?
  • What do I have to gain from this experience?

 


 

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