Last week, we started our journey to reframing our minds. We started by talking about my favorite, failure. (If you missed it, you can click here to catch up.) This week I want to talk about something that MANY people misunderstand – FEAR. Have you ever tried to reframe fear? You may or may not agree with what I’m about to say, but fear is no longer preventative. It’s merely another signal. Let’s dive in.
What IS Fear?If we want to get specific, and we do, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. Originally, fear was intended to act as a survival mechanism. It’s your body’s fight or flight system that evolved to keep you alive. While the reason for true fear hasn’t changed. Over time humans have developed additional uses of the word fear. I feel these uses are what prevents us from seeing clearly. What I have found, is that unless someone is acutely aware of this shift in the word FEAR, it’s often used incorrectly. Let me explain.
Reframe Fear? Is That a Thing?…By understanding that fear is an automatic response to perceived threat, we can adjust how we respond to it over time. Rather than noticing fear and instantly hitting the brakes on whatever you are doing. You now have a chance to reprogram your brain to keep up with environmental changes. One: NOTICE the fear Two: Say to yourself “I FEEL afraid.” (Acknowledging) Three: Assess WHY you feel fear. Is your…?
- Life at Risk?
- Body at risk of physical HARM?
- Body likely to feel PAIN?
- Yes: RUN! YOU ARE CLEARLY IN TROUBLE!!!
- No: Sorry toots, you’re not experiencing FEAR. Continue to step 5.