6 authentic tips to conquer fear in your life.

fearHave you ever won­dered why some peo­ple wake up enthu­si­as­tic about their day? while some peo­ple look like the next sea­son of the walk­ing dead about to hap­pen? How do some peo­ple pur­sue their goals with such unre­lent­ing pas­sion and vig­or? you can just see the ener­gy that they have for what they do.The rea­son this is pos­si­ble is because they have over­come fear in their lives. They have tran­scend­ed them.

Today I’m going to talk about 6 tips to help you to over­come your fears. these are the fears that every human has in one form or the oth­er.

First of all what are fears and why do we get them? Fear is a defense mech­a­nism. it’s your body’s alarm sys­tem to let you know that it sens­es dan­ger or unknown vari­ables. We are often afraid of the unknown and uncer­tain­ty. In fact the two great­est fears are said to be the fear of pover­ty and the fear of death accord­ing to the book: Out­wit­ting the dev­il by Napoleon Hill.

You can check out the audio-book on YouTube by click­ing on the link above. It’s a great read, is engag­ing and some­times chill­ing. Keep an open mind when read­ing though it may seem a lit­tle trip­py but it offers sound advice for any­one who is inter­est­ed in read­ing and who is a sound thinker.

The book is the basis of this post because it out­lines 6 basic fears that almost every human has.

These fears are:

  • Pover­ty
  • Crit­i­cism
  • Ill­ness
  • Old age
  • Loss of love
  • Death


These are all nat­ur­al fears which we need to over­come in order to live our dreams.

Fear of poverty

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Do you remem­ber that para­ble in the Bible about the 3 men who were giv­en tal­ents (or gold) by their mas­ter. Each got a dif­fer­ent amount of tal­ents. While two of the men mul­ti­plied their earn­ings one of them buried his because he feared los­ing it. 

When the mas­ter came back he request­ed that each man show him their tal­ents. While he was impressed with the first two that they had mul­ti­plied theirs, he was dis­ap­point­ed in the man who hid his. He then took the man’s tal­ent and gave it to the man with the most.

The moral of the sto­ry is this: being afraid of los­ing some­thing often ends with the exact fear you were try­ing to avoid being real­ized. Instead of using the tal­ent to earn more tal­ents, the man held on to it. This is the same way our mind­set works when we have a fear of pover­ty. We hold on to our mon­ey which is depre­ci­at­ing in val­ue. Instead of allow­ing our mon­ey to work for us. 

how this fear affects your finances

This is the dif­fer­ence between sav­ing and invest­ing. Sav­ing is the safe men­tal­i­ty but you get less return. It is the hoard­ing men­tal­i­ty. Of course I would be a fool not to say you should not save but sav­ing alone won’t help you to grow as fast as invest­ing.

Invest­ing is the risk or as I like to call it the faith men­tal­i­ty. You might have greater loss with invest­ing but you will also have greater returns.You can see how this fear stops you from grow­ing in your life.

Tip: If you fear pover­ty invest more. Do the oppo­site of the nat­ur­al reac­tion to fear­ing it. The nat­ur­al reac­tion would be to hoard and be stingy with your mon­ey, you have to go against this feel­ing. give more. when you give, more actu­al­ly comes back to you.

Fear of criticism

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A lot of peo­ple live their lives afraid of what peo­ple who have absolute­ly no influ­ence on their life might say of them. In the words of the moti­va­tion­al speak­er Les Brown “they don’t pay your bills” what makes them an author­i­ty in your life?

The rea­son we are afraid of crit­i­cism is the nat­ur­al need for us to appear as one of the crowd. when we are young most of us focus on fit­ting in instead of stand­ing out.according to tinybuddha.com, we all judge and crit­i­cize peo­ple. In fact we do this ever day. we have a ten­den­cy to cri­tique every­thing we come across, you’re prob­a­bly cri­tiquing this blog post right now.

Every body gets crit­i­cized no mat­ter how big, pop­u­lar great you think peo­ple are.  There are always haters. Use crit­i­cism to grow your­self, some peo­ple do offer con­struc­tive crit­i­cism but there are oth­ers that are just focused on tear­ing you down. Crit­i­cism is a major fear for a lot of peo­ple and it can dic­tate the course of your entire life.

How criticism affects your life

Say you had a fam­i­ly that had a tra­di­tion of work­ing every day of their lives and rely­ing on a pen­sion (those days are going  fast)  and you decid­ed to break the mold and start a busi­ness. You would get crit­i­cized it’s nat­ur­al for you to have that fear because you are step­ping out­side your com­fort zone. What you should do is to find oth­er peo­ple who have done what you are try­ing to do and who faced crit­i­cism them­selves and who over­came the crit­i­cism and became bet­ter.

The irony of the sit­u­a­tion is that many times the peo­ple who orig­i­nal­ly crit­i­cized you when you were start­ing out will want to learn from you when they see you mak­ing progress in your life. The thing is they were afraid to do what you did so they crit­i­cized you for it. This attracts more fear and before you know  it they start cre­at­ing rea­sons for not doing some­thing that is usu­al­ly an excuse.

Tip: If you have a fear of being crit­i­cized. Find oth­er peo­ple who were in sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tions and per­se­vered. Also devel­op your self con­fi­dence to not care about what peo­ple say;they are often the first to con­grat­u­late you on your achieve­ments. They may also be the first to ask you how you achieved your goal. Humans are visu­al so keep work­ing. keep striv­ing and let your results speak for them­selves.

Fear of Ill Health

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Many peo­ple are afraid of get­ting some form of dis­ease or ail­ment. As a result they are super para­noid about  cer­tain coun­tries and they just fear get­ting sick. Usu­al­ly the fear is unfound­ed and what is worst we don’t know what dis­eases we may have inher­it­ed. So don’t wor­ry about what you have no con­trol over.

Being afraid of ill­ness is nat­ur­al. it is apart of our sur­vival mech­a­nism. in the far past ill­ness usu­al­ly meant death as there weren’t any effec­tive med­ical reme­dies for cer­tain ill­ness­es. over time we grew to fear becom­ing sick. Also with sick­ness comes pain and suf­fer­ing and no one wants to feel these things.

Tip: If you fear get­ting sick don’t be para­noid. Ensure that you are get­ting enough vit­a­mins and min­er­als in your body. This will strength­en your immune sys­tem. take care of your body and it will take care of you.

Fear of Old Age

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Old age is inevitable. We all age and if we are lucky wis­dom comes with age. It is baf­fling how peo­ple are afraid of aging when it is a nat­ur­al pro­gres­sion of life. look at the bright side of things the old­er peo­ple in the world own most of the wealth of the world. They tend to be more con­tent with their lives (add research)

Tip: If you fear get­ting old look at the pos­i­tives and not the neg­a­tives. Age is a nat­ur­al pro­gres­sion of life, it shows that you are alive. Also you acquire wis­dom with age and have a bet­ter appre­ci­a­tion of life.

Fear of Loss of love

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Have you ever found that spe­cial some­one that you thought was the one. Do you fear them leav­ing you? why do you feel this way?. We all have a need to feel love and want­ed. it makes us feel spe­cial. it shows us that we mat­ter. fear dis­torts this love how­ev­er.

Do you know some­one who is unnat­u­ral­ly clingy with their sig­nif­i­cant oth­er. what usu­al­ly hap­pens? yes they usu­al­ly get dumped. they fear los­ing their loved one so bad­ly that they stick to them like glue. once again the fear of the loss of love actu­al­ly caus­es the loss of love.

Tip: If you find your­self becom­ing too clingy to your loved one give them a lit­tle room to breathe. you are not Siamese twins you are part­ners and some­times peo­ple need their alone time. if they tru­ly love you they will miss you and will come run­ning to back to you.

Fear of Death

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This is a big one. every­body fears death. How­ev­er we have no con­trol over when we will die. What we can do is take care of our bod­ies the best we can and exer­cise cau­tion in our every­day lives. the fear of death may leave many peo­ple so para­noid they become seclud­ed and cut them­selves off from the world. This is no way to live. Death is a nat­ur­al part of life. We were born there­fore we are going to die. Sounds mor­bid but it is nec­es­sary to come to terms with the fact that we have no con­trol over death there­fore there is no need to wor­ry. live your life to the fullest.

Tip: to over­come the fear of death ask your­self why are you afraid to die? sounds sil­ly I know but ask it. Is it some­thing you feel you have to accom­plish before you die? or is it a loved one you don’t want to leave behind. Are you proud of the life you are liv­ing? come to terms with the fact that death is nat­ur­al and wor­ry­ing about it won’t solve the issue.


these six fears can have crip­pling effects on our lives. which ones affect you the most? Iden­ti­fy them as they can sti­fle your suc­cess. Share this post if you learnt some­thing valu­able,  com­ment if you have any­thing to add and sub­scribe to my blog for more awe­some con­tent. Here’s to a world with­out fears. enjoy your week.

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