Embrace Your Fears

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.


Don’t let fear control your life

Own your fears and soon they will have less power

The longer I work in my field, the more often I experience how much damage fear can do to a person’s career or home life. I can see it coming a mile away, but usually it hits so hard that I’m powerless to do anything to help unless the person I’m working with is willing to face their own fears and embrace them. 

What’s the best way to embrace my fears? I find that the best way to face, address and embrace your fears is to do it head on. When you only address something indirectly, you run the risk of not conquering the fullness of the fear. Facing your fear straight on is not at all an easy task and, even though it might not feel like it at the time, it’s an incredibly courageous thing to even take on the task of facing your fears. 

Is there a way to slowly accept my fears? Well, sure, there’s a process to accepting and embracing your fears. Everyone goes through this process differently. While I may prefer the direct approach, that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s the best way for everyone in the world. We’re each unique, so our way of embracing fear is going to differ. 

What if fear still gets the best of me? Don’t get down on yourself! Embracing fear is a pretty big deal and it takes a lot of bravery to confront and overcome what frightens you the most. If you find fear getting the best of you, don’t feel defeated. Know that there will be a day soon when you’ll overcome and embrace your fear. 

Who can help me face my fears? Ultimately, embracing your fears is your own journey, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have help along the way. Rely on trusted friends and colleagues to support you as you muster the courage to face your fears and overcome them.

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