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Overcoming fear can lead to a richer, fuller life

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Fear can be our shadow. It can follow us and be a dark voice who whispers, “Don’t do this,” and “Don’t do that,” It uses the most convincing tone. Fear is a master of seduction.

 

Interestingly, fear can make us feel safe. It stops us from doing anything uncomfortable, unpredictable or dangerous. On the other hand, fear robs us of new experiences worthy of fond memories. Are you really protecting yourself or are you hiding from an opportunity, a discovery, an adventure?

Even worse, are you hiding from life? Ask yourself honestly what you would do if fear wasn’t stopping you.

Fortunately, fear has weaknesses and vulnerabilities, just like people. Fear doesn’t want you to know this, but it doesn’t like talking, breathing or positive experiences.

Talking about your fears weakens them. By being honest about we are afraid of and discussing it with trusted friends, we start to take back some of the power fear holds over us.

Hiding from fear makes it stronger.

Breathing is perhaps the simplest method to stop fear. If that sounds too easy, ask yourself why a solution should be complicated?

Breathing deeply calms your mind and allows you to think clearly and rationally, which is important because fear can be imagined and irrational.

Often when we look back at an event, situation or person that made us feel fearful we realize that what we had imagined was worse than reality. Remember what you did in the past to defeat fear and use it to

overcome your present worries, doubts and concerns.

Being triumphant over fear has many benefits.

It will make you more confident and self-assured.

It will help you to see change, obstacles and potential problems as new opportunities. While you will probably still feel fear, you will be more comfortable with that feeling and not let it get in the way of anything you want, need and desire.

Fear isn’t your body telling you not to do something. It’s just your body telling you to be aware.

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Dominique Liboiron

Dominique Liboiron is a speaker, author, teacher, journalist and photographer. To raise awareness about heart disease and to honour the life of one of its victims, Liboiron canoed from Saskatchewan to New Orleans. He is the first person to undertake that journey. He enjoys outdoor sports such as camping, hunting, fly fishing and canoeing.