In spite of Jacob’s inner fears and worries, he overcame and prevailed.
We all experience levels of fear and the internal struggles that come with it—disappointment, depression, hurt, and pain. Fear imposes mind-numbing negativity and causes your mind to think of worst-case scenarios. It clouds your awareness and distracts you from seeing the whole picture. If you let it, it will break your focus and even stop you from making the changes that will improve your life; it will dash your hopes and dreams, and hinder your promotion. Fear makes your feelings and emotions unstable, and sometimes you even forget that there is joy, happiness, hope, laughter, and excitement.
Confronting fear is an essential step to overcoming it and becoming whole. It is ok to feel fear, but it is not ok to give into it.
One way to curtail fear is to stop self-examination; don’t analyze yourself, and don’t let anyone else analyze you.
Another way to curtail fear is by taking the focus off of yourself and focusing on someone else. If someone you know is experiencing fear, you can be a great source of help to them because you already understand what it means to be in fear. Help them by standing up as a strong person and doing what’s right; think about their needs and meet them to the best of your ability. If they are worried because they don’t have enough money for groceries, maybe you have the means to make them a meal or have groceries delivered to their home. If they are afraid that they are going to lose their job, put in a good word for them, if you are able. The list goes on and on.