Whether we like it or not, fear is part of our life, and it is often part of the learning process. When we learn new things, we challenge ourselves, we venture outside our comfort zone, we grow, change, and redefine who we are. That’s when we become scared. What if I am not smart and capable enough to do it? What would others think of me if I fail? What would they say if I follow my gut instinct and not what everybody else says I should do? How will I handle rejection? Can I be financially secure? How we respond to those fears has a huge impact on our success in life, happiness, and peace of mind. So how do you deal with fear?
Do you feel that you must overcome your fear? Is it stopping you from achieving more in life? If so, read 5 life-changing keys to overcoming your fear at the Positivity Blog.
“Can We Control Our Fears?” Sevil Duvarci and Denis Paré tackle this question from the neuroscientists’ perspective. A recently published study suggests that “the expression of learned fear is flexible and subject to modulation by the prelimbic cortex, depending on the circumstances; our expression of learned fears is less rigid and less automatic than the expression of innate fears, which are beyond the reach of the cortex.”
Perhaps, you welcome fear. You may even believe that if you don’t feel fear, you are not doing enough. Fear may propel you to action. Is Fear Actually An Asset? It may well be according to Success from the Nest. Get to know your fear and learn from it.
Do you share your fear with others or do you hide it? Executive Coach Doug Sundheim believes that revealing our vulnerabilities to others may strengthen our relationships and generate good energy. He shares his 5-step approach at Fast Company Expert Blogs. Interestingly, neuroscientists also tell us that social contact reduces the brain response to threat.
Would you agree that fear is in the fabric of the law practice? Lawyers work with people’s fears. Sometimes, they alleviate fears, for example, when they do a title search for the clients who want to purchase a home. Other times, they seem to generate more fears: just read the "default" language in a promissory note. And then, there are circumstances when they have to say to their clients that it’s OK to be afraid and help them through their fears. Do you acknowledge your clients’ fears? Or would you rather shun the emotions and stick to business only? What role does fear play in your practice?