The Wisdom of Fear

Mind & Body

Astrid Swan

August 26, 2017

My mother always raised me that life would not be easy.  How I handle life’s ups and downs would make all the difference.  We can live in fear, overreact to situations or we can trust in life and be calm in times of stress.  When I think about my life, I am grateful for it.  The highs and the lows.  It has made me who I am today.  Fear is something that everyone faces.  Fear is something that make us grow or hold us back.  My job title is fitness expert.  Every day I get people to get out of the fear and grow as an athlete.  In life, we have fear.  Fear of rejection, fear of failure, etc.  This is something I read that I wanted to share:

The Wisdom of Fear


Anything really worth doing in our lives will always have some fear attached to it.

Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. For example, having a baby, getting married, changing careers–all of these life changes can bring up deep fears. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us. Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in between the old life and a new one. Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as a harbinger of transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

You might wish to converse with your fear, plumbing its depths for a greater understanding of the change you are making. You could do this by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up–your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes–is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life.

So just like training with me, get out of your comfort zone.  Take a chance.  It might be the growth you need.  Getting comfortable with being uncomfortable, facing things that scare you.  A year from now, everything you are worrying about won’t be the big deal that it is today.
Quote from actress, Ann Dowd: “Every day, take a deep breath and know in the core of you IT WILL BE OK.  Pay attention to your life.  Engage in the world; have an opinion about what is going on.  Appreciate your life deeply and know that whatever process it will take, YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY.”
Believe in yourself.  There is nothing you can’t handle.  Like I encourage my clients, be your own trainer, be your cheerleader, be your own best friend.

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