Fear and Perspective
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What if you changed your perspective when you felt a fear coming on?
How would you feel if, when a fear starts to form, you were able to stop it in its tracks? What would it do for your life if there was a way to reduce the impact that a certain fear has on you? How great would it be to have a way to immediately mitigate a fear that you are struggling to overcome?
The next time you feel a fear you want to eliminate from your life, I invite you to shift your perspective the moment you feel the fear. Where our focus goes, our energy flows. When we start to feel a fear and we continue to focus on that fear, we are giving it the energy to grow. The best way to remove that energy and starve the fear is by shifting your perspective. Put the thought of the specific fear away and focus your thoughts and energy towards the tasks needed to overcome the fear.
When you start to feel fear, shifting your perspective will rob fear of the energy it needs to grow.
How this applies to authentic empathy…
When it comes to authentic empathy and shifting your perspective, sometimes shifting your perspective requires shifting what you do. The more authentic empathy you give to yourself for the shifts you must make, the more your brain will be willing to make those shifts and the sooner they will happen. I invite you to help those around you understand that, when you shift your perspective to overcome a fear, the more authentic empathy and leeway they can give you the quicker you will overcome the fear. Let them know that sometimes you will be making these shifts quickly and other times it will take more time. This will prepare them and empower them to give you the authentic empathy you desire.
How this applies to WACASHWI…
When it comes to WACASHWI and shifting your perspective, fear will crop up as you are putting things on and moving them through your list. The ability to shift your perspective when you first notice that the fear is starting will be key to maintaining your momentum. This is because it takes less energy and effort to shift your perspective while the fear is still growing. I invite you to think of it like a tree. When a tree is a seedling, it is easy to pull out of the ground with your hands. Once it grows some roots, it becomes more difficult, and you need a shovel to pull it out of the ground. Eventually, the roots are so deep you need some heavy machinery to pull it out.
Your daily invitations…
- I invite you to think about a fear that frequently crops up.
- I invite you to consider what life would look like without that fear.
- I invite you to consider what you can do to shift your perspective the next time the fear crops up.
- I invite you to write down your thoughts, feelings, and actions in your journal.
- I invite you to talk about what you will be doing with the people closest to you and prepare them for the shifts they will see you make.
- I invite you to talk to a good coach, mentor, or therapist if what you are thinking or considering stirs up negative feelings or emotions.
Final step – how will you implement one thing you learned today in your life?
This all is but one step in your journey to living a more stress-free life, beating the demons of fear, and raising your level of authentic empathy towards yourself and others.