Inga Chamberlain Atlanta, GA Hypnotherapist and NLP Master Practitioner

Paralyzed by Fear

Are you paralyzed by fear? Powerful words indeed. Or as FDR once stated, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”.  Another incredibly powerful statement of the power that fear exerts over all of us. So what is it about fear that makes it such a powerful emotion?? Its power lies in our instinct to survive. That primal, basic part of the brain, the limbic system sounds the alarm and then a cascade of neurologic activity follows. The fear response is based upon our memories and experiences, our learned fears from the past. However worries and anxieties are out in our future. So obviously since it helps us to survive we need it, right? We need fear as a call to action when something dangerous to our survival happens. However as FDR so succinctly stated, fear is something to be feared as well. The problem lies in too much fear. Unrelenting chronic fear is based on the possibility of danger and is derogatory to our health and wellbeing. It creates high levels of stress hormones and that creates disease. Also unrealistic fears or phobias are capable of totally controlling our lives. So what else can we learn about fear? It is based on the past and we can trigger it by worrying about the future. But right now there is no fear. If we stay in the present moment. We let go of old memories and fears from our past and stop focusing on the possibility of terrible things happening in our future. Fear disappears. In order to do this we need to change the way we think. We need to take back some of the control. Fear is an out of control emotion. If you let circumstances control you when good things happen then you will also allow fear and negativity to rule your life when things are not going well. As reasonable people we need to be living in reality. If things are really in a negative place in your life then thinking to yourself that your life is great is a delusion. However when things are going well in life and we spend our free time worrying about what might happen to change our life for the negative, that is also deluded thinking. So many business people today whether in sales or as an entrepreneur are finding their production and effectiveness declining due to fear. Fear has always been a problem in sales and many others in business people have fear evidenced as procrastination and Anxiety. Overcoming fear is simple and yet as many simple things it can be fairly complex as well. Just change the way you think, right? Oftentimes that is easier said than done When things go in a less then positive direction in my life I get into training for success…. 1. Change self talk using: Gratitude meditation self-hypnosis 2. Take control of your body/exercise to get out of fear. 3. Role model /have a vicarious experience of success. 4. Take action feel the fear and do it anyway. 5. Visualize what you want and not what you fear. By utilizing these techniques you will gain a feeling of control and soon fear will be a thing of the past.