It was Franklin D. Roosevelt who said that the “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself.” But what really cures fear and must we fear fear? Some authorities suggest knowledge and understanding as the cure of fear and I am inclined to agreeing with them. Here are some three ways I deal with fear.
1. Information – Get understanding! When you come to the proper understanding of what is bothering you, you are less prone to fear. With the right understanding, it becomes clearer how to tackle challenges and your fearful inhibitions will disappear. They say that what you don’t know will hurt you, right? I remember how getting expert opinion about a particular health issue and becoming conscious about the idea that the human body was designed to constantly repair, rejuvenate and heal itself helped to eliminate unecessary fear.
2. Attention to Goals. Another way to deal with fear is to write out very bold goals opposite to your fears and believe in them. In 2015 while undertaking my masters degree at NYU, I applied this principle when tuition suddenly became a problem in my first year. Because I stubbornly believed there was no way I would drop out of school as an F1 student, I got the motivation to find the way to pay my fees. Through peseverance I was able to raise $30,000 USD (see footnotes) in a short space of three months to clear the bill for the fall and spring semesters. It is amazing the reformation that refocused attention brings. Don’t dwell on the problem, focus instead on your goals and pursue your options.
Believe in your goals enough to devote ample time daily to reviews and take proactive notes on reasonable actions or steps needed to make progress. By doing this, you will attract the necessary help which has always been available to you. So easy! It is important to feel very emotional about your goals and to literally add to them in your imagination all the feeling tones of reality you can master. This’ll move you to quick decisive action. I do this all the time.
3. Lastly, intentionally learn about the human mind and its amazing power! “In all your getting, get understanding.” Then, commit to guiding your thoughts. The mastery of purposeful, constructive, and persistent thinking irrespective of present facts will empower you to take charge of your destiny and become very assertive in life. After all, you are the creator of your own circumstances and experiences. Realize this. Until you deliberately learn how to participate in this process, you risk unconsciously subjecting yourself continuously to avoidable and painful life experiences.
- There are lots of materials and programs I know out there that can help you understand your human potential. Start with James Allen’s “As a Man Thinketh.”
- It would be a worthwhile process learning about the six faculties of the mind (i.e. your imagination, intuition, will, perception, memory, and reason).
When you observe my 3 suggestions: to get informed, refocus your attention and be intentional, you will feel good about your life and be conditioned to attract more good things. In 2018 Let us gallantly pursue some very bold goals and devote to learning how to get meaningful results. Let’s go!
(Note: 1. In the featured picture above, I was bravely touring the Paga Crocodile Sanctuary in the Upper East Region of Ghana. 2. Through the generous funding support of my family and friends, and institutions (academic and faith-based) I was connected to, I was able to raise a decent amount which the NYU GSAS matched through its Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), created to help promising graduate students in need to pay their fees and remain enrolled.)