True fear has an almost paralyzing effect and can make even the most rational people act a little crazy and out of character.
Sadly, many people find themselves in an unfamiliar situation and can’t seem to move forward with their life.
The good news is, fear doesn’t have to rule your life – and if you learn to use your fear in the right way – it can actually improve your creativity and make you thrive.
But in order to use fear to your advantage, you’ll need to learn how to avoid falling prey to its deception.
Here are a few characteristics of those who have learned to fight fear.
They Keep A Calm Head
Fear is contagious.
From fear of “running out and not having enough” to the simple psychological thought of “Well if everyone else is doing this, I must do it too!”, people who typically think clearly suddenly become irrational when faced with uncertainty.
Of course, it’s wise to prepare for the future, but it must be done from a sense of strength.Fear causes an almost primal sense of survival to kick in and can cause humans to panic and react, in certain situations the “flight or fight” instinct is good – in others it can cripple a person.
Instead, in times of distress or challenging situations, it’s better to take a deep breath, keep calm, and assess the situation wisely.
From a clear head, then you can make decisions.
If COVID-19 has taught us all one thing it’s that there are so many things out of our control.
We can’t control when local businesses will open up, how the economy will sustain itself, or what politicians will mandate.
But while we are powerless over many things – we are always in control of our response.
From virtual parties and travel to the unique way businesses are implementing social distancing practices to still serve their customers, sometimes it takes a crisis to strengthen human resilience.
During this time, the ones who will survive will practice agility – and learn to solve problems in a new way.
The ones who struggle will be the ones shouting “But that’s not the way we’ve done it before!” and become paralyzed by fear of the unknown.
Fear can cripple you, or it can motivate you to think of new ways of doing things.
They Saddle Up Anyway
Here’s a secret – many people see folks do brave things like speak in front of a large crowd or manage a work crisis and are amazed at how the person seems to have no fear.
But the truth is, many of the people seen doing these great things are afraid – they just persevere anyway!
If you’re looking to win the battle of fear, keep going, even when you’re scared.
You’ll be amazed at how much stronger you are than you realize.
And if you’re looking for a true dose of strength – open up your Bible and take a read – you’ll see real stories of those facing fear in unspeakable circumstances with supernatural strength.