Fear is a part of life and a God given emotion. We rightly fear many things that are vital to fear. In its right place, fear is a strong motivator and protector. Fear can be used as a tool to help us identify problems and solve them effectively. It’s a red flag that warns us when something needs attention.

When you experience fear, physiological, mental and emotional reactions occur including: racing heartbeat, difficulty breathing, dizziness, anxiety, panic — a powerlessness, even if you know it’s irrational.

Fear and anxiety thrive when we imagine the worst. We developed imagination to be able to project into the future so we can plan ahead and avoid problems. A bit of this is useful, but uncontrolled imagination is nesting grounds for anxiety and fear that will steal your peace, your joy and your very life.

Fear and doubt are common problems from which none of us are invulnerable. They are learned behaviors because we weren’t born with them. They are infectious and are passed around from one to another. They damage your normal functioning and keep you from making positive and long — lasting changes in your life.

But there are instances where fear arises in one’s life, which reverse the restrictive and debilitating effects of fear and turn it into a powerful motivator for achievement. Personal restrictions are overcome.

The first step for resolving any problem is to admit you have the problem. Whatever fear you’re experiencing, admit. It’s okay to feel fear, but it’s not okay to let your fear control you. Those who will admit they have issues of fear are more likely to break through its control over them.

Determine if your fears are imaginary. If so, acknowledge it and refuse to continue to dwell on those fearful thoughts. What the mind dwells on, it magnifies and attracts. It will eventually begin to believe that your fearful imaginations are real and act upon them.

If your fear is real, accept it and take whatever steps you can to change the circumstances that cause your fear. Keep in mind that courage isn’t the absence of fear, it’s the ability to press on despite the presence of fear. Many times, the solution to any fear is simply to do the thing you fear. It’s amazing how action conquers fear! Try it!

Another method of reducing fear is to approach the problem with gradient steps, analyzing the situation as you go along. You cut the problem into small, manageable bites. You successfully deal with the small parts and thus reach a full resolution.

Remember, your belief system is the driving force behind your behaviors and your results. If your beliefs are fear driven, they will impair your normal functioning and keep you from making positive and long — lasting changes in your life.

If you conquer your fears and doubts, you will conquer failure.