What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid? 7 Ways To Live Fearlessly

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Do you know what it takes to face your fears and live fearlessly?

Sometime in the past week, I saw this question, "What would you do if you were not afraid?" And it got me thinking.

If I weren’t afraid, I would do a million things, like skydiving, raising sheep on a farm, raising chickens in my backyard, buying a tiny house on wheels, and spending time in different places around the United States.

But, I'm afraid. There's a pandemic going on, plus I'm over the age of wonderment and exploration… Or am I?

"Not so quick honey," the wild part of my brain says. "You can still have a ball."

I can? I have not been anywhere for more than an hour from my house in six months, and that was to go to the doctor.

"What are you talking about?" I ask the crazy daring part of my brain as I sneak into the kitchen for more black olives and a few peanuts.

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Fear is often the result of overthinking.

You have a tendency to overthink.

What about all your talents, strengths, and potential you’ve been writing about for years? Did you forget about all your positive psychology teaching?

Are you going to get in the dumps because you cannot jump out of a plane? You never really wanted to do that, anyway.

And you have tons of allergies, so you would never have made it on a sheep farm. You never exercised enough to have good arm muscles. Think you could lift a sheep to be sheared? Think again.

Chickens? Really? All those feathers... And what about collecting the eggs in bad weather or having chicks that need to be under a heat light? That doesn't seem right for you.

Maybe you could go around in a tiny house, but your style is more of a nice hotel room with a delicious breakfast. You get carsick even with those crazy bands on your wrist and all the ginger capsules you could swallow.

Maybe you need to just give yourself a break...

So, how do you get out of your fear? Well, don't let the dark side of your brain win!

Here are 7 ways to face your fears and live fearlessly.

1. Take a break.

This is a hard time for all of us. So, think of things you can do easily that don’t take a toll on your mood or your health.

Nothing wrong with watching a great series on your T.V. or the computer.

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2. Eat healthily.

Comfort foods may lead to weight gain. I know this can sound a bit cruel, but I really love you.

Try to eat more healthily by adding more vegetables, fruit, and some nuts in your diet. (But not the whole jar of peanuts!)

3. Stay in touch with everyone you care about.

Invite people to meet you in a park or on your porch if you trust they will not throw their arms around you and kiss you madly after they take their mask off.

Write and call your grandchildren. Share with them everything fun or fascinating from your past.

4. Be kind to all.

Everyone is stressed and many are really upset. This is where you can really show how smart you are.

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Think of a good thing to say to anyone you talk to!

5. Have fun!

Give yourself permission to have fun in any realistic way where you will not break a leg or hurt someone else.

6. Make a list.

Make a list of your talents, strengths, and potential that really fit this time in your life.

7. Start doing a lot of great things.

You don't need to be afraid, even for just a minute or two.

Feeling enriched and having that wonderful feeling that comes with "Enchanted Self" moments starts with yourself.

Make a list of your talents, strengths, untapped potential, and even your coping skills that you have right now. Also, make a list of what you have enjoyed doing in the last year or so.

Now the puzzle solution is up to you. You're free to build off the list that the daring part of your brain suggested.

Actually, it’s a good list based on the thinking of many educators and psychologists. Or, just go for your own plan.

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Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein is a positive psychologist, author, and filmmaker. She is the originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF(R) a positive way of increasing happiness. All of her work is geared to helping girls and women recognize and utilize their strengths, talents, and potential to enhance themselves, and the world.

This article was originally published at honeygood.com. Reprinted with permission from the author.