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Face Your Fears to Overcome Obstacles

You were born to lead, but in the process of adjusting to the complexities of the world, you’re sometimes  so  occupied  with  satisfying  basic  needs  that  you  can  give  little  thought,  time  or attention  to  self-fulfillment  and  development  of  personal  leadership.  Habits  developed  in  this context become demotivators. The most common demotivator is fear.

Overcome Your Fears

If your needs aren’t being satisfied – or if you think they may not be satisfied – fear takes over and blots out creativity. You react to your perception of a situation, rather than to the actual situation. Fear  is  a  natural  and  constructive mechanism that calls for personal leadership. Any physical or psychological  threat  sets  off  a  system that is called “fear.” When the alarm goes  off,  your  body  undergoes  instant change. Fear jerks both mind and body awake  so  that  your  body  is  prepared and  ready  to  act!  Fear  is  a  natural  and constructive  force  in  self-preservation. Courage  is  one  response  to  fear.  So  is caution, aggression, or retreat. Although  fear  is  a  positive  and  constructive  way  of  meeting  threats  to  both  physical  and psychological dangers, it can become a demotivator. Why?

•  Fear  is  exhausting.  The  adrenaline,  the  muscle  tension  and  concentrated  mental  energy required to overcome fear and take action are demanding. You may lose your sense of goal direction because your mental and physical resources must be diverted to deal with fear itself. If it prevents you from being yourself for extended periods of time, fear is destructive.

•  Fear can become a conditioned response. Fear is negative when it becomes a conditioned response unrelated to a real threat. If you experience fear based only on what other people might say, think or do, your fears are artificially created and destructive. Although they may have no basis in fact, such fears cause anxiety, distrust, concern or even panic.

Fear can become generalized. Fear becomes a deadly demotivator when it becomes a general method of responding to life regardless of whether a threat exists in the environment. It saps your strength and your potential for growth is neglected. Fear, when it becomes habitual, is overcome in the same manner as other habits. You learn to recognize it, find a more satisfying response and replace the fear by substitution.