Don’t be fooled by fear.
Look it directly in the eye.
Fear distorts reality.
Fear exaggerates the truth.
Step back. Take a pause.
Remember who you are.
You have overcome great adversity.
You have faced this phantom before.
This wolf is a mirage.
Only your strength, your courage, and your untapped powers are real.
Resources to help you break free from the illusion of fear:
Understanding Fear: Identifying Cognitive Distortions
Overcoming Fear: Fixing Cognitive Distortions
LOVE this!! And perfect timing, as I just let go of some of that illusion of fear!
Yes, we are our own Heros!!
Thank you for the early morning jolt of positivity Sandy!
Together we conquer the (inner & outer) world with love.
“Fear is a lie.”: I agree, and it comes in different shades; anxiety,shame,guilt,regret,suspicion e.t.c. I think we have to learn to recognize it first. We cannot defeat that which we do not know. Nice post Dr. D.
So true Clare! So many faces of fear.
All the antithesis of who we truly are.
Until we learn to let go of that fear and let love in, we will just keep on attracting more of the same.
So beautifully said. And so true. The first step is to create space between “the wolf”’and ourselves. Only then will we recognize how small fear truly is. And as you say: Love trumps all.
Oh yes, fear is strong and powerful but so is our will. I like to think of the mantra “just do it”.
A powerful mantra for conquering the illusion of fear.
Thanks for sharing Miriam!
spooky, I just wrote about fear 🙂
So cool. It’s that time of year! Spooky spirits write alike! 😱😊
False Evidence Appearing Real – thanks for the reminder! Needed that!
Love that acronym!
Not mine, but memorable. Have a great day!
You too VJ! ☀️
I think, too, that we need to pay attention to our fears and acknowledge them before we can start going beyond them. Unexamined fear may lead to paralysis or destructive decisions.
But of course Donna!
Awareness / Assessment / Exploration is always the first step to overcoming fears. It’s only then that we’re able to discern between illusion & truth.
This particular post is simply one aspect of overcoming fears.
– Related post on examining fears & stressors that you might be interested in Donna: https://drandreadinardo.com/2017/02/14/stressful-times-empowering-lessons/
I love the idea of being the hero of your own life.
Me too! 💃🎉
Thanks for your very motivating post!
Fear is like a cloud.
It fogs our rational thinking.
Thanks! You too! 💥
Prayer, reading scripture, singing hymns and gospel songs.
Thank you for sharing Gail! These are Transcendent tools for overcoming the illusion fear.
For me: Time outdoors, long walks, good talks, movies, running, kickboxing, teaching, and writing are some of the many ways that I break free from fear.
Those are awesome! I love those things. I miss being able to run, and would love to try kickboxing! I would love to kick fear where it hurts! 😉
That’s the best play on words!
“Kick FEAR where it hurts!”
You have me smiling ear to ear. 💃 🎯
YAY for putting a smile on!
I love your hero quote Andrea.
A great post as always. 🌼
Thanks Brigid! 💛
I absolutely LOVE this!! This made me think of another saying I love, “They threw her to the wolves and she returned leading the pack.”
OMG !! That is the most incredible quote. It literally took my breath away. Thanks for sharing! “Together we rise.”💃💃
😁 you’re welcome
I NEEDED this! My book is up for the agent round for the writing competition I’m in, Pitch Wars. I started doubting myself–even wondering if I belonged in the competition. I had to push past all that and keep walking forward. It’s not easy to push past fear, but it is worth it! ❤️
I love how you always keep it REAL Ipuna.
Naming Fears = Taming Fears
You’ve done the work. Just ask your family & friends how often they see you typing typing typing away on your laptop. The final stage of pitching your book is to TRUST the process.
Fear is a lie. (Imposter syndrome be gone!)
Your completed book is REAL. (So real!)
You got this!
💃 📖 🎉
Whoooo hoooo! Thank you, Andrea! The agent round ends 11-7. I needed your positive words. You have no idea! Here is my entry by the way. Take a peek if you get a chance. http://pitchwars.org/pw-330-young-adult-contemporary-ownvoices-puerto-rican-korean-empty-gifts/
I love how you’re writing from a young male’s perspective. So many young adult books are from a female waspy demographic. So much passion and conviction. Fresh. And so intriguing. Thank you for sharing Ipuna. Grateful. 📖💙
I felt that too, Andrea! Let’s see how it does. I’ll keep you posted. Your support means the world! ❤️
Fear is a lie.
Trust the process.
Yes, I need that too!
God says his perfect love casts out fear. The more I bathe in his presence and love for me, the less I fear. He’s more powerful than anything I might fear. Thanks for this great reminder that fear makes things (like the wolf) much bigger than he is. It makes me think of some verses in John 10 which compares Satan to a wolf who comes to steal, kill and destroy. Fear makes him look big, but looking at the reality, he’s already been defeated by Jesus! By the way, I love your phrase “Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.” Yes!
Awwww thank you Laura. For your kind words and for your thoughtful response. As a professor, it is so important that I am continually learning. And you have taught me much today. Especially with the specific verses. Full circle moment. Thank you for taking my post to the next level. ⭕️ 💃
Hi, I really loved your post. It was powerful, uplifting and inspiring! So meaningful!
I am following you and looking forward to your posts! I think you may appreciate a quote I posted on my site https://thereluctantpoetweb.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/the-power-of-belief-2/ It was made by Eleanor Roosevelt. Please come visit me again!
Oh, You might be interested in the book “Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words”. The author is mainly teaching about writing poetry but also show how beneficial writing poetry is for mental healing and building confidence in k-12 and prison inmates. Read the reviews and see if it might be something of interest for you in your teaching too.
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Learn the truth about fear!
Thank you for sharing with your readers!
Thanks for sharing with your readers!
That proverb is literally true. I am afraid of spiders and unfortunately for me and for a certain spider, one tried building a web one evening above my steering wheel while I was driving the car. The spider involved was not very big: not counting leg length, perhaps the size of a pea. And I knew regarding this species that it has only one interest: build the web, sit inside the web, wait for dinner to arrive. As misfortune would have it, not many flying insects were living inside my car so the spider’s prospects were never anything but hopeless. As for me once I saw it, I freaked out. I did safely navigate to the side of the road, but afterwards found it almost impossible to drive. I did get home at last since I’m not writing this comment at the curbside. But the spider got squished. And nobody was happy.
I can tell you though when I first saw that spider it was HUGE. Don’t know how my brain did that, but it really looked humongous. Strange things our minds do sometimes.