It’s a terrible emotion that we all feel at different points throughout our lives.
Many of us have been led to believe that when we feel fear it is a sign that we shouldn’t do something. So, we listen to our fear because we think it will keep us safe and secure. This is certainly true when our life is being threatened. For instance, it’s important to listen to your fear when it’s telling you that it’s not safe to jump off a skyscraper.
However, outside of such dangerous circumstances, interpreting fear this way doesn’t serve us very well. In fact, it can put us in bondage. It can limit our life experience.
In everyday life (not including anything life-threatening!), the true purpose of fear is to let us know that what we are thinking is in opposition to what we really want. In other words, fear is the emotion generated when our thoughts about a situation are not serving our greater good. Ultimately, fear is telling us that there are better ways to look at the situation.
For example, you may like a particular person at work. You’ve wanted to ask him/her out on a date for a long time. But, you’re afraid. You avoid asking him/her out because you think your fear is telling you not to. You feel your fear is keeping you safe and protecting you from rejection.
But, the fear is also holding you in shackles. If you remain a slave to your fear, you may be missing out on a great opportunity that life is offering you .
Instead, realize that the fear is simply an indicator telling you that you need to change your thoughts and perspective.
For instance, instead of focusing on the reasons he/she will say no, why not focus on the reasons he/she will say yes.
Or ask yourself “What do I have to lose by asking? Well, you’ll be single. But, you’re already single. No loss there. More importantly you should ask yourself “What can I lose if I don’t ask? You may lose out on a great relationship.
Continue with positive self-talk until you feel hopeful or even excited. At that point your fear will have subsided. In turn, you will feel confident enough to ask him/her out.
The same approach can be applied to other areas of your life where fear is holding you back from living the life you truly desire.
The bottom line is that we need to see fear for what it really is. It’s not telling us to go hide in a corner. It’s merely a signal alerting us to shift our negative viewpoint on a subject to a more positive one.
When we accomplish this shift, we let go of fear. Then, we can experience true freedom and live full & happy lives.
Another effective way to help you handle your fears is by reading powerful quotes provided by some of the best teachers our world has known. Their wisdom echoes fearlessness! I hope these quotes will help you as much as they have helped me.
25 Quotes on Releasing Fear
- “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance”-John Lennon
- “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear”-Brian Tracy
- “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears”-Les Brown
- “Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live”-Dorothy Thompson
- “Fears are nothing more than a state of mind”-Napoleon Hill
- “Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall”-Confucius
- “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts”-Winston Churchill
- “There is no illusion greater than fear”-Lao Tzu
- “When you’re scared, you stay as you are!”-Stephen Richards
- “Always do what you are afraid to do”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship”-Louisa May Alcott
- “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do”-Eleanor Roosevelt
- “You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”-Wayne Gretzky
- “Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure”-Napoleon Hill
- “The greatest mistake you can make in life is continually fearing you will make one”-Elbert Hubbard
- “Fear: False Evidence Appearing Real”-Unknown
- “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”-Franklin D. Roosevelt
- “Do not let your fears choose your destiny”-Unknown
- “When you do what you fear most, then you can do anything”-Stephen Richards
- “The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed”-Buddha
- “Fear of failure becomes fear of success for those who never try anything new”-Dr. Wayne Dyer
- “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death”-James F. Byrnes
- “He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear”-Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom”-Marilyn Ferguson
- “Where there is fear, happiness is not”-Seneca