Understanding Fear And Its Effects
The reason we sometimes cannot see the other options, when faced with a challenging situation, is because our deepest learned habit is to create fear and then react from that fear, and it’s fear that shuts down our ability to create choices, not to mention paralyzing our ability to assess the strengths and weakness of each option and make the right choice. We have been taught to believe that the fear is normal and natural. But the truth is that the fear paralyses our ability to create what may be much more appropriate and effective responses. Fear is a learned habit and very soon we are generating fearfulness at the slightest perceived threat. Contrary to popular belief, fear has absolutely no value to our well-being. E.g. You don’t even need fear to respond effectively to the unexpected encounter with a thief late at night or an unexpected outburst by your boss in the office. You need the cool, calm and concentrated focus of a gymnast and the creativity of a skilled sculptor to respond effectively. It’s not the thief or the boss that scares you, it’s what you do with the thief or the boss in your mind that generates the fear. Who or what are such fears in your life? What are you doing with them in your mind?