We launched our website with a bang! Laughter, genuine smiles, deep thoughts, woke statements, tears shed… All made for a transparent atmosphere for women to move beyond their fears and pursue purpose. Our phenomenal panelists Yasmine Brown, K-Love the Poet, Dartesia Pitts, and Camalla Ash dropped so much knowledge about learning how to let go of fear and embrace your purpose.
Here are five major things we learned…
1. Fear is an alarm. Take note, and respond accordingly.
Fear typically comes during one of 3 scenarios: (1) when something bad may be getting ready to happen, (2) when you’re pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, and (3) when someone else is pushing you outside of your comfort zone. When you learn to treat fear like an alarm, you’ll be able to zone in on which instance of fear you’re dealing with. Fear is a reminder that alerts you on how to behave, and that way you can appropriately deal with and overcome fear. When you recognize fear in your life, use it as a way to be more aware of the situation and take it as an opportunity to grow.
2. Don’t be afraid of what people have to say about you.
Let’s be honest. When dealing with fear about what people have to say, it can be tough. BUT, here’s what we learned: you have to learn not to care. Not caring doesn’t mean that you’re being rude, it just means that you’re not invested in worrying about others’ opinions that don’t add value to your life. People are going to talk regardless of if you’re doing good or bad, so learning not to care will help you effectively overcome and deal with the fear of what people have to say.
3. There’s power in perspective.
The things you are afraid of don’t seem that scary when you have the right perspective. Often times when you’re in a place of fear, you’re focusing on the wrong things. This, in turn, shifts your perspective and distorts your view of reality. When you have perspective on the fact that you are greater than the things you fear, you’ll be able to truly lead a fearless lifestyle, but it’s all a matter of perspective.
4. The right community helps you effectively deal with fear.
Being able to have the right people to talk to when you’re confronted with fear helps you to overcome those fears. Not only does the right circle of friends help add perspective to your situation, but it allows room for you to grow beyond the fears you’re holding yourself to. There’s something about being able to talk to someone else to help you get back to a place of sanity and stability whenever you’re about to go off the deep end of fear. It’s important to keep your circle staffed with people who have the ability to keep you focused on the right things and not crumble under pressure.
5. Creating positive affirmations help you overcome fears.
This is one of the most simple things you can do to address fear. Acknowledge your fears and create affirmations that directly oppose your fears. It’s important to write out truth about your life and combat your fears with the truth that you know exists about your life. Whenever you have negative thoughts about your life, you have to know that you have the ability to build yourself up, so when fear comes you should see it as an opportunity to speak positive statements and truth over yourself.
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