August 3, 2009

The Reality Distortion Field of Fear

Passion alone is not a reliable indicator of future results.

Fear is a sneaky little devil.

The problem with attempting to work something out when you’re in fear is that fear creates its own reality distortion field. We lose perspective. Fear can turn a respectable sense of urgency into haste.

Worse, fear takes our attention off our purpose.

For example, suppose you want more clients for your business. Smartly, you create a marketing plan and put it to work. Yet you focus exclusively on numbers and the need itself — that’s fear at work. If you come from a place of fear, those numbers will never add up to what you want them to be.

On the other hand, if you go out and promote your services with the intent of helping others get what they want, do it effectively and inoffensively, and you’ll find people who want what you have to offer.

Oddly enough, we often don’t recognize when fear is misdirecting our attention and actions. Here are seven symptoms of working from a place of fear:

  • Thinking you haven’t done enough, even when it’s clear you’ve gone above and beyond the call of duty.
  • Focusing solely on “numbers” or outcomes.”
  • Thinking that things in your life aren’t happening quickly enough.
  • Rushing.
  • Failing to handle difficulties while they’re still easy — everything is an emergency.
  • Experiencing sudden, irrational bursts of anger or snappiness.
  • Your body feels tense, overtired, or even ill.

Instead of working from a place of fear, consider operating from a place of fearlessness.

What can you do to ensure you operate from a perspective of fearlessness? Practice having faith in your ability to respond appropriately to whatever comes your way. Identify a purpose for your life that acts as a canvas on which you can paint your vision using whatever raw materials life delivers.

Become an acute observer of your senses. Check in with the senses frequently, observe what they tell you without labeling the sensations or struggling to change them. Become a practitioner of deep awareness.

Take good care of yourself. Eat wholesome foods and walk daily to keep your body limber and grounded.

As you work through the week, experiment with focusing on helping others get what they want. What results do you observe as you change your mindset from need to the action of giving and the openness of receiving?

What happens to fear?

And what happens to your life?

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