How is Fear Limiting You?
There is nothing to fear but fear itself; it is all made up in your conditioned mind.
As you go through your life, your brain is protecting you from any physical harm; it has evolved to do it for your self-preservation, it does it through your Limbic System. Similarly, your brain protects you from psychological threats. And, in both cases, it rushes stress hormones through your body to react to the danger for your safety.
These perceived psychological threats originate from life’s everyday circumstances and manifest themselves through shame, sadness, defeat or rejection. They can be caused by situations such as changing career, speaking up in a meeting, moving to a new city, starting something new, receiving feedback, falling in love or having your opinions challenged. Notice that I use the word “perceive” threats because that is what they are, they are perceptions; they are your own creations, made up in your mind.
When you are under an emotional stress reaction caused by a perceived psychological threat, you experience anger, frustration, stress, worried, or anxiety. If you dig down to discover the root cause you will generally find that it is fear that is protecting you from something, and fear drives your behaviour for survival whether it is physical or psychological.
From your mind’s perspective, these psychological threats jeopardize the integrity of your Ego or your personal conditioning. Both are identities that you have subconsciously created about whom you believe you are, they are also your ideas about how things should be or how someone should behave.
Your Ego and your personal conditioning comprise your psychological integrity, and similarly to how your limbic system protects you from physical threats, your subconscious mind will defend you from the ones that threaten your psychological integrity by making you react in a non-conscious way. That is why more often than not, you find yourself trying to control people and circumstances, not taking action to go after something that you desire, always wanting to change someone’ behaviours, constantly telling others what to do, avoiding confrontation, imposing your opinions, resisting change, or blaming others. You are unconsciously acting on fear and limiting yourself.
When you are not consciously directing and being aware of your thoughts and when you are not in tune with your emotions, you continue going through the motions reacting to perceived psychological threats. This type of reactions is impacting and influencing your behaviour, your performance, your productivity, your health, your well-being and your inner peace.
By yielding to fear you give away your power to circumstances and people. It is limiting your life since you are unconsciously operating on protecting your mental creations and you are not allowing yourself to grow beyond your self-imposed limitations, to reach higher levels in your potential and enjoy well-being.
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