'The Presence Of Fear Doesn't Mean The Absence Of Other Feelings'

We all have fears in our lives. It could be something crippling that keeps you from doing what you want to do, or it could be something small that causes you to procrastinate. Whatever it is for you, it can help to remember that fear rarely shows up alone.

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We have a tendency to think of fear as something that is only bad. We forget that fear can have positive feelings associated with it. Johanna Schram at The Change Blog explains:

The presence of fear doesn't mean the absence of other feelings. It's natural to feel afraid when we try something that stretches us, but new experiences can also prompt excitement and joy. They aren't mutually exclusive... When we are willing to acknowledge and accept that we're afraid, but choose to focus on the parts that are exciting and fun we're more likely to have a positive experience in spite of our fears.

Getting over your fears is difficult to do, but it can help to keep your focus off of the negative feelings and focus on the positive ones. Things are scary because you don't understand them. Push through that and eventually you might find that you like to have a little fear in your life.

6 Ideas That are Changing the Way I Experience Fear [The Change Blog]


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