The topic of fear is an important subject, and practically every single aspect of life, society and culture is inextricably tied into the idea of fear.
There are fears of what happens after death, fears of eternal punishment, fears of old age, fears of war, fears of authority, fears of providential punishment, fears or failure, fears of success, fears of rejection and a plethora of other fears that haunt the minds of individuals and groups alike.
When a situation occurs that poses a threat to you then it is imperative to adhere to the words of Napoleon Hill, when he wrote, ‘Fears are nothing more than a state of mind.’
It certainly is true that incidents that occur psychologically can be ‘real’ to the individual, and the principle of belief holds to this understanding. This principle states that what a person believes with a strong sense of emotion becomes their personal reality. Therefore an individual’s reality is constructed through concepts and not necessarily within environments or circumstances.
William Shakespeare eloquently attributed a profound understanding to the mouth of Julius Caesar who professed, ‘Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.’
This fear, as mentioned earlier is not restricted to the idea of death; it can be towards any type of threat. If we were to understand fear, it would be a perceived anticipation of pain. The author Brian Tracy understood that, ‘the key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.’
The truth is that whatever threat comes your way; there is nothing that can disturb an individual that thinks like a winner. Winners understand that whatever situation occurs then they will never allow any situation to disturb them. There are situations that happen everyday, and the truth is revealed in this statement.
In life the key is not what happens to you, but what you do with what happens to you. If an unexpected situation occurs through the capriciousness of life or through the malicious attempts of others then it is vital to be able to think strategically and not become consumed in the moment.
It is also prudent to take measures to prevent situations from occurring, and yet at the same time, there is nothing to fear if you are proactive in your approach.
A person can only be as free as their alternative options, and many live in a world of scarcity, as they believe that they have to try and conserve what they have instead of realizing that with some ingenuity and creativity then they can create a multitude of opportunity. A way that fear can be overcome is to be true to your purpose and stick to it when situations occur unexpectedly. The key will be in knowing your purpose.