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Befriend the Monster: How to Embrace Your Fears and Live a Braver Life

We all have them – those lurking anxieties, the monsters at the edge of our comfort zones. We call them fears, and they can feel like obstacles on the path to a fulfilling life. However, what if we reframed our approach? What if, instead of running from these fears, we befriend them?

This might sound counterintuitive. After all, who wants to befriend a monster? However, fear, while often unpleasant, serves an evolutionary purpose. It keeps us safe from danger. The problem arises when fear becomes so overwhelming that it starts to dictate our lives, holding us back from pursuing our dreams and experiencing all life has to offer.

This guide will help you embrace your fears to live a braver life.

Recognize the Monster

The first step to living a braver life is self-awareness. Try and find out what frightens you and the source of these fears. Is it public speaking? Making new friends? Taking a leap of faith in your career?

Journaling or simply taking some quiet time to reflect can help you identify your specific fears.

Understand the Monster’s Motives

Once you’ve identified your fear, probe deeper to embrace your fears truly. What’s the story behind it? Did a bad experience in your past trigger this fear? Is it linked to a deeper concern about self-worth or failure? Understanding the root cause of your fear can help you dismantle its power over you.

Talk to the Monster

Instead of letting your fear control the narrative, have a conversation with it. Ask it what it’s trying to protect you from. Is it a fear of rejection that keeps you from putting yourself out there? Or a fear of failure that prevents you from taking risks?

By personifying your fear, you can start to see it less as a monstrous entity and more as a misguided protector. As a result, you’ll start living a braver life.

Negotiate with the Monster

Now that you understand your fear and its motivations, it’s time to find a compromise. Can you acknowledge your fear while still taking a small step forward? Perhaps you might find it easier to join a public speaking group instead of giving a solo presentation right away. Maybe start networking with a few colleagues before launching a full-blown career change.

Small, manageable steps can help build confidence and show your fear that it doesn’t need to be in control. In this way, you’ll take the right steps to live a braver life.

Celebrate Victories, Big and Small

As you confront your fears and live a braver life, start celebrating your victories, no matter how small! Acknowledge your courage and resilience. This positive reinforcement will fuel your motivation to keep moving forward and facing your fears head-on.

Remember that embracing your fear is a journey, not a destination. There will be setbacks, moments of doubt, and days that seem a little difficult. However, by approaching your fears with understanding and self-compassion, you’ll gradually chip away at their power.

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Befriend Your Fears with Jamaal Wesley’s “Authentically Authentic”

Do you need a little guidance to embrace your fears and live a braver life? Jamaal Wesley’s empowering book “Authentically Authentic,” invites you on a transformative journey of self-discovery.  

Jamaal shares his own experiences with vulnerability and honesty, creating a relatable narrative. This book is more than just a read—it’s a companion in your quest for authenticity, offering practical insights and heartfelt encouragement every step of the way.

Grab your copy of “Authentically Authentic” and begin your personal evolution towards a braver, more authentic you.

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