What is Fear?

Have you felt these conditions lately?

  • Increased heart rate
  • Clenched jaws
  • Heightened senses
  • Sweaty palms

If so, you probably also exhibited these biological transformations:

  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Dilated pupils

These are the biological transformations in the human body when the amygdale and hypothalamus kick into gear.  These are two areas of the brain controlling a physical response to fear.  Cortisol and adrenaline are released into your bloodstream causing this type of physical response.

These are protective measures which are built into your chemistry designed to help you live longer.  People who experience extreme exposure to fear often recall the time as being very slow.  They knew that they had to do something to save themselves or another.  There are extreme cases when people sacrificed life or limb in order to save another.  A mother covers her children during a tornado to protect them from falling structures.  Her kids live but she loses her legs.  There are hundreds of stories such as this.

All these are protective mechanisms to increase our chances of survival.  However, this is not always the case. Sometimes fear becomes maladaptive and causes  people to struggle with anxiety, phobias and panic attacks. Fear is also the cause for reasons not to move beyond certain limits or blockades to personal goals.

Successful people learn how to embrace their fears in order to move forward in their mission.

Take Away

Fear is not a weakness, but a physical response to real or perceived danger.  Success is built around learning how to recognize the fear and create a response mechanism the can manage the fear for non-life threatening situations.  A Champion’s Mindset embraces fear recognizing it as the next step towards achieving their goal.

About the Author

Lorene Collier Purcy is a Certified Financial Social Work Coach, Creative Wealth Educator, President & CEO of Mindset Matters Consulting & Education LLC, an enlightenment organization, that partners with schools, youth groups, churches and communities to educate, equip and empower today’s youth from all walks of life to take control of their future through properly managing their money and becoming socially connected to the real world. Lorene is also the Founder of Savvy Chicks Rule, empowering women on how to rethink and reevaluate their beliefs, thoughts and attitudes about money. When it comes to Money Matters Lorene is the Money Maven individuals, groups and companies choose to experience financial victory!

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