Fear is a faceless coward, hiding in the darkness, never revealing its true identity. Fear is a manipulator; an illusionist, a master liar…It needs you to believe its powerful to maintain its shapeless life force. If you find him out, he suddenly withers & dies.
A near death experience is always an effective way of putting fear in its place, but I don’t recommend you go out hunting for one of those moments. Instead, take a few minutes and actually analyze the concept of fear. Ask yourself, “What is fear, really?”
Fear, for the most part is a mirage; a ghost. Fear has no substance, no physical form, and is made up of…imagination! That’s it. Fear stands for: False Evidence Appearing Real.
Now, I’m not referring to fears such as the fear of being burned if you were to put your hand on a hot stove, or the fear of being maimed if your vehicle were to run off the road and down the side of a mountain. Those are healthy fears based on experiential knowledge.
No, the fear I’m talking about is the fear of what will happen if I take a chance and ask for that promotion at work…or the fear of what will happen if I actually try my hand at public speaking. Its these kinds of fears that are completely and utterly without substance. When we embrace those kinds of fears we become incarcerated by…nothing.
Think about that. To be scared of absolutely nothing to the point of not going for a better paying job, a better house, a different set of friends, is to become paralyzed by imagination.
A good way to combat fear is to ask yourself one question: “What’s the worst that could happen?” What you will discover is that nothing of any harmful consequence will befall you. Why? Because the imagination has no tangible force. As the saying goes, “Nothing never harmed nobody!”
Carefully ponder and analyze and disect fear and at its core you will discover a very crucial truth: Where fear is found, there lies nothing more than an out of control imagination. Franklin D. Roosevelt was right when he proclaimed to the world: “The only thing You have to fear is fear itself.”
I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!