In Own Your Fear – Part 2 we looked at why our fears won’t go away. The foundation for this discussion is Susan Jeffers’ book “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway”. Jeffers suggests that as long as we continue to grow as individuals, we will be dealing with fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of success … and many other fears. In Part 3 we are looking at how we move past the pain of fear to feeling the power of dealing with our fears.
The problem is not necessarily our fear (or what we fear) but our reaction to the fear (how we handle the fear). It is not always easy to recognize our fear, face it, and work through it. Sometimes we are absolutely paralyzed by fear, like a deer in headlights – unable to move, to make a choice, or take an action. We have to move through that feeling of helplessness and depression, and make the choice to honor our power. The power is always there – it is just that there are times when we do not acknowledge it.
Jeffers suggests two affirmations that can be used morning and night to help us stay centered in our power:
- I am powerful and I am loved.
- I am powerful and I am loving.
In moving from pain to power we: (1) take responsibility, (2) see problems as opportuities, (3) know that we can handle whatever we are going through, and (4) see this as a learning experience.
(c) August 2021 Bonnie Cehovet
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