Fear can be crippling and debilitating. These feelings can literally begin ruining your life, pushing you into feelings of depression, anxiety, or both. However, there are practical ways you can manage this fear and keep it from controlling you. These 10 tips can mean the difference between controlling your fear, or allowing it to control you.
1. Do Something
Seriously, do something. Anything. Fear feeds on inaction. Satan loves to kick you while you’re down, and if you’re down, he has easy access to you. Even a quick walk around the block or walking into a store can help to lift your spirits and keep you active.
2. Make a decision
Let go of the belief that you can’t make a choice until you are certain of the outcome. Fear feeds on indecision. Not allowing yourself to make a decision keeps you from feeling peace and joy.
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give you is a peace the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 NLT
3. Don’t focus on the unknown
Imagine the very worst thing that could happen, and then decide on what you’d do if it actually did happen. Chances are, it won’t happen. But if you take time to consider it, then you’ll have a better handle on it. Fear feeds on indecision.
4. DO Focus on the good
Imagine the very best thing that could happen and how you’d feel it if did happen. Remember, you are worthy of joy. You have value. And you have a specific purpose. Fear feeds on feelings of unworthiness.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? – Psalm 27:1 NLT
5. Remember, anything is possible
When we say, “Anything is possible,” rather than “This is impossible,” we remember God’s promises. With Him, by faith, we have the strength to conquer anything. Fear feeds on feelings of impossibility.
6. Say, “I can.”
Yes, you can! Say, “I can,” and “why not?” instead of “I can’t.” Fear feeds on negativity.
7. Look for truth
Always seek the truth instead of hiding from facts. It’s easy to find the negatives in any situation. And the longer we circle around negativity, the harder it is to find the truth. More often that not, the truth is that the situation isn’t as bad as we think it is. Fear feeds on lies.
“This is my command – be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 NLT
Take in air instead of holding your breath. Fear feeds on suffocation.
9. Embrace Your Mistakes
We all make mistakes. We all fall short. We all mess up. Embrace those mistakes instead of pretending you won’t make any. Fear feeds on perfectionism.
10. Take a Step
Take one step today instead of waiting to run a marathon tomorrow. Fear feeds on waiting for the right time. There may never be a right time. Just go do it.