Is your F.E.A.R. holding you back?

Coping with Anxiety today and tomorrow

Having written in the past about the unpleasant effects of fear — how it can lead to procrastination, creative blocks, and inconspicuous substance. Here I aim to explore it a little deeper.

It is our sense of fear that interferes with our success more often than actual failed attempts at success.

Looking deeper into the subject, following hundreds hours of working with people who suffer the pain of anxiety, I have discovered that often it is not actual fear we are dealing with. It’s something much more deceptive.

It’s not fear that holds you back.

It is F.E.A.R.

Fear is a good thing…

Fear is an emotional response to an actual threat, and it is a fundamental survival mechanism that serves us well throughout our history. When you’re in immediate danger, fear tells you to get yourself to someplace safer.

Once our ancestors saw a few friends and relatives consumed by Saber Tooth Tigers. Thereafter fearing these creatures became a smart move.

Nowadays we react in a similarly legitimate fashion when faced with a loaded Gun, a car veering toward us, a very angry person or a new track from One Direction.

Fear is also a true emotional response when we’re about to lose someone or something that’s important to us. So, it not just about our personal safety; we can fear the loss of a loved one to illness, or our home to repossession due to unemployment.

Here’s the problem.