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There is a famous quote that FDR gave in his inaugural speech..."Nor need we shrink from honestly facing conditions in our country today. This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life, a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory."
Brendon Burchard in his Motivation Manifesto states: FEAR Rips us from our FREEDOM It is the Destroyer of GREATNESS!
There are many types of FEAR and the only one that is a good fear is when our lives are in peril and the flight fear takes effect. The other FEARS the ones we hide behind so we can take the easy path instead of facing that Fear and working through it are what makes us SLAVES with no FREEDOM.
Many people have talked about this Fear factor over the years.I remember back in my early 20's a book published by M. Scott Peck called The Road Less Traveled published in 1978. Vernon Howard talked about fear in his books, and there are many examples out there.
There is another factor out there that is not discussed as often and that is what FEAR does to not only your SOUL but your health.
Fear impairs formation of long-term memories and can cause damage to certain parts of the brain, such as the hippocampus. This can make it even more difficult to regulate fear and can leave a person in a constant state of FEAR. Can you imagine feeling paralyzed with fear all of the time? Not being able to make any decisions without fear and self-doubt clouding it?
Fear weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome, and decreased fertility. To someone in chronic fear, the world looks scary and their memories confirm that.
Moreover, fear can interrupt processes in our brains that allow us to regulate emotions, read non-verbal cues and other information presented to us, reflect before acting and act ethically. This impacts our thinking and decision-making in negative ways, leaving us susceptible to intense emotions and impulsive reactions. All of these effects can leave us unable to act appropriately.
Other consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, clinical depression, accelerated aging, and even premature death.
So whether threats to our security are real or perceived, they impact our mental and physical well-being.
Can you stand up to your FEARS? Can you look it in the eye and say, "You do not scare me any longer be gone with you!" Can you every time it creeps and slithers its way back into your thoughts turn and face it with determination and push right through it?
It is the only way you are going to ever get to your true self and the personal and financial freedom we all desire. The only way we can live a life of pure joy and gratitude.
I wish this for everyone!