Do you feel stuck? Let's take some steps together. Based on concepts from my book, High Performance Detox, here's a great step-by-step resource to take you from paralyzed in fear into action. I recently shared this at a workshop regarding overcoming fear. Enjoy!
WHAT IS FEAR?
An anxious feeling caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience.
THE FIVE TYPES OF FEAR
There are only FIVE basic fears humans experience. All other fears are manufactured from these five types of fear:
Fear of annihilation, of ceasing to exist. More than just a "fear of death" and more the fear
of no longer existing.
Fear of losing any part of our precious body structure; thought of having our bodies'
boundaries invaded, or losing the integrity of any organ, body part, or natural function.
Loss of Autonomy
Fear of being immobilized, paralyzed, restricted, overwhelmed, entrapped, imprisoned,
smothered, or otherwise controlled by circumstances beyond our control. (e.g.
fear of abandonment, rejection, and loss of connection. Becoming a nonperson, unwanted,
not respected, or not valued by another person.
fear of humiliation, shame, or loss of integrity of self; unworthiness
WHEN FEAR STRIKES
When you encounter something that makes you fearful, interview yourself quietly and ask these questions:
1. What vulnerability is being exposed right now?
Be honest with yourself about what you're feeling and why. It helps to be real with yourself, so you can overcome the fearful moment. Start using I AM statements to reveal who you really are, and understand you are not your vulnerability.
2. What limiting belief is encouraging this vulnerability?
A limiting belief is something you carry around, usually stemmed in another's belief or influence, that doesn't serve you or your authenticity well. What belief do you keep believing, that came from someone or somewhere else? This belief is fuel for vulnerability.
3. How can I offer myself love in this moment?
Remind yourself of your highlight reel. When did you achieve something, accomplish a task, do something you were afraid to do. This will remind yourself of your potential and strength to overcome. Sip some water or tea to refresh yourself.
4. What small step can I take?
Sometimes thinking about climbing the entire mountain is so overwhelming that we don't even bother with the first step. Stop thinking and take some small action. Then take another.
5. How can I grow from this?
Our fears teach us a lot about ourselves, and it's from fear that some of the greatest steps are taken. From there, some of the best ideas, creations, and accomplishments are made. What's your opportunity? Close your eyes and imagine it.
Mindfulness & Meditation: Step into Action
Pivot your focus from fear to freedom. Take a situation, write down your fears. List them-- pen to paper, and be detailed. Next to these, what would freedom look like? Stay specific to the situation and to you. Review your notes. This helps separate the fear from other possibilities that co-exist with the fear. This also pivots your mindset, during the focus, thus giving your brain a break from fear momentum.
Find a quiet space, void of distraction. Make this time an appointment, if needed, to set expectations with work or household. Find five favorite yoga postures (use my YouTube channel for ideas) and write them down.
Now write down five mantra words: Strength, Love, Power, Confidence... anything you want to attract to you.
As you move through the five postures, take four deep breaths--inhale 6-7 seconds, exhale 8-9 seconds while in each posture. As you exhale say or think a mantra word. This entire exercise should take 30 minutes.
False Evidence Appearing Real
Remember: the fears we don't face, become our limits.
This information is an excerpt from my book,
High Performance Detox: Taking You Offstage for Steps Toward Wholeness Lacey Pruett (Author)
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