Just a small amount of fear is normal. In actuality, fear will help you instinctively protect yourself from injury. Your fear might enable you to recognize when you are about to do something dangerous and it might enable you to make a safer choice.
But, you may end up fearful of things that are not actually harmful, like public speaking. Your fear of public speaking might stop you from progressing in your career and that can be frustrating. If you really need to go on a holiday to Europe, but your fear of flying prevents you from setting foot in a plane, you may feel as though your fear stops you from living your dream.
You may realize that your fear holds you back or produces bigger problems on your life.1
If You Face Your Fear?
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You do not have to conquer every fear you encounter. A fear of tsunamis is not a big deal if you live 1000 miles from the sea. But it might be an issue if you stay on the shore and you panic each time you hear about storms, earthquakes, or high tides as you believe you may be in danger.
Have an inner conversation with yourself about what your fears are stopping you from doing, and think about if it is a problem that you will need to confront. Are your fears causing one to lead a less fulfilling life than the one you hoped for?
Think about the advantages and disadvantages of not confronting your fear. Write those down. Then, identify the advantages and disadvantages of handling your fears head-on. Write down everything you could achieve or how your life may be different.
Reading more than those lists can help you make a clearer decision on what to do next. If you choose to proceed, the best way to overcome a fear is to confront your fears head-on. However, it’s important to do so in a healthy manner that assists you to move past the fear as opposed to in a manner that traumatizes you.