Fear

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Thoughts and feelings don’t just happen; they occur for a reason. Adrenaline is released into our blood when we get frightened, our heart rate increases, we breathe faster and begin perspiring. These changes take place to prepare ourselves for action. Fear is associated with threat and when threatened, we will either run away or confront the situation. With the presence of adrenaline, we have the ability to run faster or fight harder.

Fear is triggered when a situation is thought to be threatening because of a possibility of an unfavourable outcome or when we are in an unfamiliar situation. Fear alters our body and increases our ability in surviving a threatening situation. Fear also acts as an internal alarm system, indicating to us that we are in a situation that we are not comfortable with.

When we are not certain of the outcome, we become fearful. If we do not face and overcome the situation that we are afraid of, we will continue to be fearful each time the situation arises. However fear goes away the moment we have dealt with it or are accustomed to the situation, for now we are aware of the possible outcome and have the ability to overcome the situation.

Each of us deal with fear differently, reluctance to overcome the fear will only lengthen the duration of our fear. We are reluctant primarily due to the uncertainty in our ability to overcome the fear. We feel that we are not equipped to face the fear and thus run away from the situation.

The longer we take to overcome the situation, the longer we will be fearful. Sometimes, deciding on a course of action to face the fearful situation will assist in reducing the fear. When we make a decision to face the fear, we reduce the level of uncertainty and make a commitment in the direction to overcome the fear.

Every decision we make is associated to a greater or lesser extent with a risk. It is impossible to see into the future , as such it is also impossible to be absolutely sure that the decision we had made is absolutely correct. In most situations, we trust in our past experiences to confirm that the decision we had made is the best one. Making a decision to act provides a certain degree of confidence to face the fear and the confidence increases when we begin to believe that the solution would work.

In conclusion, to overcome a fearful situation we first have to make a stand to face it, then we use our past experiences and knowledge to gather the best course of action to overcome the situation and believe that even if the action fails, we would be able to overcome the fearful situation because we have taken action to solve the situation.