When your fear serves you and when it does not!

 

Some fear really does serve you. That basic, primal instinct to stay away from cliff edges, for example. I think it is worth acknowledging that the fear we have carried with us since humans first walked the earth is rooted in common sense and serves to keep us alive!

It’s the more modern incarnations of fear that are often not so useful to us. They may in fact keep us small, stuck and unhappy, rather than simply keeping us safe.  We have all heard the Jim Rohn quote,“If you don’t like how things are, change it… You are not a tree!”

It’s totally logical, and quite a liberating thought too. But many of us struggle to take this advice. And what is keeping us stuck, or rooted if you will? Oftentimes, it is an unhelpful fear – not the healthy kind that keeps us away from cliff edges.

Perhaps it is the worry that if we try to grow into a new job role we will fall short and damage our career. Or maybe it’s concern that people will judge us if we follow our dreams and step off the well-trodden path of what everybody else does.

I think it can be simple – it’s about perspective.

Referring back to when humans first walked the earth; we are no longer in the same harsh environment that we were when the human brain evolved into what we have now. But the way our brains respond to perceived danger still works the same way.

Recognise that a lot of the fear we feel now is limiting rather than life-preserving. Then ask yourself if you want to keep limiting yourself, or could you look at your unhelpful fears with a fresh perspective?

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