How to Overcome Fear

How to Overcome Fear


Fears are one of those things that are learned over time.

Just like fears can be learned, they can also be unlearned. Not sure where to begin? Keep on reading to learn more.

Visualize Success

Visualizing yourself embracing your fear head-on can significantly increase your overall confidence and self-esteem.

Just imagine how different your life would be if you overcame just one thing that scared you.

How would you feel? How would your life change for the better? How can you get from point A to be point B?

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

Act As If

After you have taken some time to visualize how your life would be different if you weren’t afraid – it’s time to act as if you weren’t afraid.

Here’s an example. Let’s say you have to give a speech at work but are afraid of public speaking.

Instead of worrying about all the things that may or may not go wrong, embrace the “act as if” method.

Go into the speech, acting as if you weren’t afraid. Go into the speech, acting as if you love public speaking!

How would you walk, how would you talk, how would you carry yourself if you weren’t afraid? 

It may not be easy at first. But the more you practice anything in life, the easier it becomes.

Trust Yourself

You know yourself better than anyone else out there.

You have to trust that you are making the best possible choices for yourself.

There is no super-secret recipe for facing fears. There are several different action plans and methods you can try.

Some methods may work better for you than others. It’s all about listening to your mind, heart and body.

Deep down, if something doesn’t feel right, listen to your instincts. 

You’ve Got This

You have exactly what it takes to succeed! You just have to believe in yourself.

Remember, no matter what fears you’d like to overcome, you have to do it to make yourself happy – not to make other people happy. 

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

At Palo Alto Therapy our therapists are here to help you overcome your fears. Book an appointment with us today.