Friday, November 12, 2010

5 Simple Ways to overcome FEAR

What is fear?

The dictionary defines it as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or is a threat.

One of my respected mentors, Mr. LeRoy Shuffler defined it as a

Appearing to be

Fear is one of the biggest single factors that deprives one of being able to achieve his/her full potential. We experience fear more as a result of our internal communication of mind rather than because of actual external factors.
Fear is an unseen enemy that whispers negative thoughts into your mind, body and soul. It tries to convince you that you will not prosper and that you cannot achieve your full potential.

Our lives can be compared to beautiful streams, which are destined to flow, grow in majesty to create wonderful features such as cascading waterfalls, and give nourishment and life to those in its path.

Sometimes we let fear put up a small dam in our rivers of life and it causes us to have stunted growth. We need to be able to rise above it, rise above the fear, break the dam and let our potential flow.

When we allow fear to create dams in our rivers of life, then our streams become like the Dead Sea, which is stagnant and void of life and movement. When we confront fear, we break the dams and free our potential to flow forward.

We are beings of immense potential, ability and skills. In order to realize our God given talents we need to break through the fear barrier, which through its invisible walls traps us better than any physical prison can be constructed by the hands of man. Our human will and faith can break any barriers that fear can construct.

Steps on what to do next to overcome Fear

(1) CONFRONT your fears

Jerry Gillies said, “Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.”

Once you know your fears you can defeat them, delete them and move towards your God given full potential.


As you stretch your new wings and move out in action, you may fail in some steps, but if you do, fail forward. Each perceived failure is really a stepping-stone of experience and feedback, taking you closer to your goals.


“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” Willie Nelson

It is important that you have a positive mindset and surround yourself with positive music, people, news and media.

You have the control over what you put into your mind, so create a positive environment that leaves little room for fear to take root and grow.

(4) MODEL YOURSELF after those who have overcome their fears!

We have many recent examples of the barriers being broken, because individuals broke through the fear barrier. One of my favorite examples is that of Roger Banister, who broke the 4-minute mile on the 6th of May 1954.

It was unthinkable at the time, that a human could accomplish such a feat, however he was able to break those mental and physical barriers and in so doing inspired others to break the record in the same year.

When in doubt, look to the examples of the warriors who demolished the enemy of fear.

Look around you everyday for examples and let those examples continue to inspire you to overcome your fears.

(5) ACT!

I define an act as


Dale Carnegie said “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy”

One of my own personal quotes, “When one has his dreams in front pulling him, his actions at his side supporting him, and his positive attitude behind him pushing him, there is little room for fear”

Wake up today and take action!


Once you have overcome your fears your potential success would be unlimited, you will realise immense power, energy and happiness!

Good luck and God’s speed!

 © Inshan Meahjohn 2010

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  1. I think I'm going to print this up and put it on the office wall in my house so that I can refer back to it. This was great! Thanks Inshan.