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Finding the courage in fear

As humans, we all experience fear. Fear is a natural emotion that protects us from danger and helps us avoid risky situations. However, fear can also be a barrier that stops us from achieving our goals and living our dreams. We often hear people say "be fearless," but it's not about not feeling fear — it's about finding the courage to face it and push through it.

We’ve all experienced the anxiety that causes a mindset where we feel trapped in endless negative thoughts. While fear can be an uncomfortable and overwhelming feeling, it can also be an opportunity for growth and transformation. Finding the courage to face our fears and overcome them can lead to major growth in areas we didn’t even know needed it. 

The first step in finding this courage is to acknowledge the fear. Recognize that it's okay to feel afraid and that everyone experiences fear at some point in their lives. Identify what you're afraid of and try to understand the root of your fear. Is it a fear of failure, rejection or the unknown? 

Most fears remain unnoticed until you confront them. Understanding ourselves and what holds us back are important elements to discover before starting that journey of healing. Filling voids with distractions to make that fear go away is never the answer. 

Avoiding our fears will only limit our growth. Once we have accepted our fears, we can begin to take action to overcome them. This may involve seeking support from friends, family or a professional. It may also involve taking small steps to gradually confront our fears. It takes courage to even think about taking that first step, but once you do, I can promise you it will be one of the most beneficial actions you could take for your personal growth and mental health. 

I’ve always been that person who looks at the positives, even in situations where I struggle to find courage and hope. And honestly, it has been one of the key elements to why I have achieved success in facing my fears. Instead of dwelling on the potential negatives, we should think about the benefits of overcoming our fears. This may lead to increased confidence, improved relationships and greater confidence throughout your day.  

Focus on your "why." What motivates you to overcome your fear and pursue your dreams? Is it to provide for your family, to inspire others or to prove something to yourself? When you connect with your "why," you get a sense of purpose that makes your goal more meaningful.

Fears — such as not liking spiders or the dark — may be deep-rooted. Fear can alter a person’s life or behavior — and being able to find courage in those times of fear can make you more resilient. Remember, courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the ability to act in spite of it. This process requires a lot of self awareness and perseverance. 

We may never be able to completely erase those fears, but we can learn how to manage them and use them as a source of motivation to move on. No one said it would be easy, but by confronting our fears and using them as a catalyst for growth, we can develop the mindset needed to live life to the absolute fullest, despite what we have been dealt with or whatever comes our way. 

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