WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUN. 03, 2015
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Is Fear the Ultimate Ruler of a Person’s Life?

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Fear can become the ultimate ruler of your life. When fear rules your life, it leaves no room for courage and hope in the many possibilities that life has to offer. If fear is ruling your life, it can reduce your energy level and cause you to give in to needless anxiety and increased stress. However, fear does not have to become the ruler of your life. The outcome depends on you and how you want to live your life. Will you be susceptible to fear or more predisposed to courage? This article will discuss how to address fear as ruler of your life and whether or not you want to stay under its control.

See also: How to Handle the Fear of Failure

Address the Elephant in the Room

The first step in this process begins with addressing the fact that most of your fears are not grounded in reality and will most likely not come to fruition. Many times we are paralyzed by fear and allow these unfounded notions to rule our thoughts, behaviors, and decisions. In order to overcome this fear factor and gain back control of your life, you need to take a more analytical look at the situation. For example, evaluate the likelihood of the fear coming into fruition. Ask yourself what is the worst thing that could result if your fear actually did come true. Then, ascertain what steps you’d have to take in order to handle the new circumstance once the fear did come true.

Change Your Perspective and Refocus

Once you’ve started to stare fear in the face, you need to take the process further and change your perspective while refocusing on the antithesis of fear—courage. If you want to eradicate fear as ruler of your life so that you can go on to accomplish great exploits, you need to focus on courage, faith, and hope. Your mindset has so much power over your actions and the way you live your life. Cultivating a positive mindset will greatly impact how you live, grow, and develop as a person. When something frightens us and we don’t properly squash the fear, it will grow and become bigger than life. That is when we have allowed fear to become the ultimate ruler in our life.

Evaluate and Rate Your Fears

In order to effectively remove fear as ruler of your life, you need to evaluate and rate your level of fear. For example, write a list of all your fears, and prioritize them as bigger to smaller with regard to their effect on you. Remember: the fear itself is not the problem. When you allow fear to control your thoughts, behaviors and decisions, then that is the problem and when fear becomes the ultimate ruler of your life. If your fear level becomes a phobia in your life, you may need to seek professional assistance from a counselor. However, most people can deal with the fear factor level in their lives simply by changing their mindset, and evaluating and rating their fears.

Learn How to Overcome Your Fears

The final step in this process is to learn how to overcome your fears. In order to eradicate fear as the ultimate ruler of your life, you need to find a way to overcome it that works for your specific situation. For example, some people can more easily conquer their fears than other people can. You may need to follow a slower-paced process in overcoming these fears. The list you wrote will come into play during this step as you begin to conquer each fear, one at a time. If you focus on conquering multiple fears at once, you run the risk of becoming further paralyzed by your fear and failing at the entire process. Work on one fear at a time and don’t move on to another until you have fully conquered the one you were working on. During this process, you may want to confide in a trusted friend or family member to help you become accountable, and for encouragement to continue through the journey.

See also: 10 Things People Fear The Most

Fear does not have to become the ultimate ruler in your life. If you want to be successful and fulfilled in your life, you need to refocus your mindset onto positive thoughts. That mindset will then help you to move forward into behaviors and decisions that will impact your life in a positive way.

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