Break Through Your Fear

In this article, you’ll learn the anatomy of fear, how it keeps you trapped, and a process you can use to break through it today.

In what ways could your life be better today?

So, what’s holding YOU back? Why don’t you have that now?

While you can justify any excuse and even blame your situation, remember that your life is what it is today because of the choices you made. The real question is, how many choices did you allow Fear to make for you?

FEAR is the only thing that keeps you from going out and getting more of want you want in life.

If you want more love, more time, more freedom, more money, or more fun, then developing the skill of overcoming your Fear is absolutely essential.

UNDERSTANDING FEAR

Fear is a biologically hardwired e-motion that’s part of your body’s survival mechanism.

Its purpose is to keep you safe by stopping you from moving forward when you PERCEIVE a threat or danger.

If you were a car, Fear is your brake.

You experience Fear as a feeling in your body from nervousness or anxiety, all the way up to sheer terror.

Fear comes from the anticipation of pain.

It’s the expectation of something bad happening.

Knowing this is your first key to overcoming it.

Your second key is knowing this fact:

Your brain cannot tell the difference between a real event and a vividly imagined one.

Here’s why:

A QUICK BRAIN LESSON

The primary function of your brain and nervous system is to keep your body alive. It does this by processing the latest information taken in from the environment and comparing it with past information in order to assess how safe your current situation is.

With this compared information, your brain quickly calculates the safety/threat ratio and and sends out a command to the body. The body follows this command by altering its biochemistry, heart rate, breathing, muscle tension and so on to best prepare for the next moment.

Two Parallel Environments

The tricky part of this process is that you live in two environments at the same time. Your outer environment and your inner environment.

Your outer environment is composed of everything that goes on around you – it’s the environment that you’re in.

Your inner environment is composed of everything that goes on within you – it’s the environment inside you.

The environment inside of you is monitored by your brain and has one radical element – one wild card which is there to override the system when necessary. This element is what separates human-beings from other creatures and is the very force of conscious evolution. It’s your IMAGINATION.

The Pineal Gland – Your Imagination’s Silver Screen

Your brain has a part called the pineal gland and it’s very interesting because it has what looks like “rods and cones” as part of its structure. “Rods and cones” are the photoreceptors in the retina of your eye.

Why would a little gland that looks like a pine cone in the center of your brain need rods and cones? In Eastern cultures, this is known as the third eye. It’s thought to be what allows you to “see” things in your mind. It is the movie screen of your imagination. It’s the tool responsible for every advancement in science and technology and the lifestyle you enjoy today.

Who’s the Boss?

When your brain processes new information from your environment(s) and assesses the level of safety, your inner environment has the upper hand. The crazy truth about your life is that you never see life exactly as it really is, you see life as you THINK it is. You see life as you IMAGINE it to be.

A Quick Scenario

Three people are standing on a street corner in Chicago waiting to cross the street when suddenly two cars crash into each other right in front of them.

These three people were present at the exact same life event. They each witnessed the same car crash at the same time but each person has a different experience of it. This happened because they all absorbed information differently and came up with their own conclusion about what happened. Each story is slightly different.

None of the witnesses have ALL the information about what happened at every level. In fact, the amount of actual information that composed the event is incredibly vast when compared with the small amount of information actually absorbed by each person.

The human brain is used to working with only fragments of truth and fills all the huge remaining gaps with assumptions and beliefs – i.e. IMAGINATION.

The Moral of the Story

You don’t ever see the whole truth. You only ever see what you IMAGINE to be the whole truth. This is one reason why your brain can’t tell the difference between a real or imagined event – virtually everything is imagined. IMAGINATION has the upper hand in creating your reality.

BREAKING THROUGH YOUR FEAR

Okay, let’s quickly review what we’ve learned so far so we can assemble the tools we’ll need to begin breaking through your fear.

Point #1 – Fear comes from the anticipation of pain. To anticipate something is to expect it. To expect something to happen is to believe it will happen. A belief is a component of your Imagination. You can think of Fear as Future Events Appearing Real and let it remind you that Fear is your IMAGINATION talking.

Point #2 – Your brain cannot tell the difference between a real or vividly imagined event. This is because you can’t access the vast amount of information contained in every life situation and, in order to make coherent sense of things, your brain must fill in the gaps with assumptions. This means that you are never perceiving life as it really is, you are only ever perceiving life as you Imagine it to be.

Point #3 – Knowing that your version of reality is filled with huge assumptions gives you the right to question it. This is a biggie. Most people don’t ever get here because they so firmly (and arrogantly) believe they know the actual truth of things. The actual truth is that no-one has the complete truth at hand. Everyone has access to a fragment of the whole truth. This is why we need each other, our individual perspectives are valuable. Questioning your truth allows you the space to move beyond fear.

So let’s get down to business.

PHYSICAL FEAR = GOOD

If you are standing near the edge of a cliff, and you’re afraid to get closer to the edge, this is a good thing. Nothing wrong with staying alive. Fear of actual physically present danger is healthy. It’s there to protect you. Fear is your friend here.

PSYCHOLOGICAL FEAR = NOT SO GOOD

If you are afraid of taking a test, your fear will cause you to seize up, create stress, and keep blood out of the parts of the brain you need to pass the test. Fear is an irrationally overprotective friend here and it not serving your best interests. You need to thank it and ask it to step aside.

You inherently know the moments where fear is keeping you from a better life.

Here’s what you can do about it:

STEP-BY-STEP

Step 1 – Recognize the fear in one of its many forms – doubt, stress, anxiety, inhibition, shyness, nervousness, apprehension, procrastination, laziness. Anytime you are feeling held back from doing what you know you ought to be doing in order to have a better life, it’s a type of fear and it’s time for step 2.

Step 2Identify the negative assumption. Ask yourself, “What form of pain am I anticipating?” “What bad thing am I expecting will happen to me if I actually do the things I know I ought to be doing differently?”

Step 3 – Ask “Is it true?”. Can you be absolutely sure that this assumption is true? No you can’t ever be truly sure about anything. It is an assumption after all and therefore not based in actual truth. Just because something similar to your fear happened to you in the past is not ever a guarantee that it will happen again. There are too many ever-changing variables present in every new situation and they change everything.

Step 4 – Ask “Who am I being when I believe this false assumption?” How do you behave? How do you feel? How do other people react to you? Ask yourself, “If I hold on tight to this assumption – this thought – what will my future look like?” Use your imagination to your advantage here. Picture how much worse your future will look, sound, and feel with this false thought guiding your life? FEEL it.

Write this down to capture it and make it real.

Step 5 – Ask “Who would I be without this false assumption?” Who would you be if you couldn’t think that thought? How would you behave? How would other people react to you? In what specific ways would your life get better and better? What is life like 1 year from now….3 years from now… 5 years from now? Immerse yourself in this image. FEEL it.

Write this down to capture it and make it real.

Step 6 – Discover the new empowering assumption. In step 5, you experienced what life is like without the old assumption. What new thought took its place? What belief supported this new experience? Name it. Give it a voice.

Write it down to capture it and make it real.

Step 7 – Replace the old assumption by consistently repeating the new one. In step 6 you discovered a new way to think about the future. You discovered the new belief that supports that future. Say it out loud right now and feel it. What kind of things do you notice when you think this thought? What kind of things do you pay attention to? Think this thought as often as possible. Think it every time the old assumption pops up, shrink it down in your mind and explode it. Then have your new image and new thought instantly appear big and bright.

Practice this all the time. Make it a habit so it happens automatically all the time.

Step 8 – BE the new YOU. Who are you now that the old thought is gone and the new one is here? How has your identity changed? How would you describe the new you? What is the good stuff you are anticipating? What new seeds are you planting in your life? How will your relationships change for the better?

That’s it! Now go out and enjoy your life and continue creating your freedom.

 

© 2014 Trent Janisch – thepoweryouare.com

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Here is a great book (click here) to help you break through the limiting beliefs caused by Fear.

Here is another great book (click here) that helps to understand where the limiting (fear-based) beliefs come from and how to overcome them.

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