Within this article I am going to be talking to you about how you can Overcome Your Fears and Become a Hero in Your Own Life. Throughout the article, I am going to be referencing The Heros Journey and how through understanding your own journey, you can unlock your fears and transform your life. This article follows on quite nicely from the previous article where I spoke about “Stripping Yourself Bare and Living in Your Naked Authenticity“. Where I spoke about understanding yourself and your persona, which incorporates The Ego, The Self and The Shadow. If you have not yet read that article, it may be worth reading before continuing with this post.
Can you remember when you were young and you had no fear? When you walked on high brick walls without any thought about falling off and hurting yourself, even scaring your parents as you make that leap of faith! I certainly remember when I young, I felt fearless, it was if I could do anything! And I’m sure as you look back you can remember times like these yourself. When you are young, you had no fear or worry in the world, its only when your grow older that you begin learning and embodying your fears.
As I mentioned in the previous article, the persona represents The Ego, The Self and The Shadow. Your Ego is formed by conditions placed on you by society and the world around you as you were growing up. The way you were taught to live, where information is passed down from your parents, traditions shared with you based on your culture and society. These naturally form your unconscious beliefs, drivers, motivations and even your fears. Your fears then become suppressed memories that form The Shadow side of you persona. This is where the saying comes from:
The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek! – Joseph Campbell
As when you grow older, you often fear to look at your suppressed memories as they bring about pain and suffering. Ultimately they are the things that are holding you back from reaching your full potential, or moving past certain stages in your life. These memories can even prevent you from having the fulfilling life that you truly deserve.
Your own Heros Journey is all about breaking free from the conditions placed on you by society and forming new beliefs and views about the world around you. At the start of your journey, you will have a call to adventure, where you have a vision and an idea based on the life you want to create. As you move through your journey and onto stage two, you will face a natural Refusal to Call, this comes from an overwhelming fear, believing that you are not good enough and cant possibly create the life you truly desire. Your mentor and support team then provide you with inspiration and motivation to take that next step forward, as you move through your initial fear.
The next stage is your “Tests, Allies and Enemies!” (Road of Trials), you will face your physical challenges and fears. This is also described as the Trial by initiation, as you progress you build your confidence and begin overcoming your fears. The trial by initiation is very much like a warrior, where he has to complete certain objectives before he can be crowned. In life, these are the challenges and obstacles that we face day to day where you overcome your fears. Susan Jeffers uses the phase:
Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway – Susan Jeffers
Whilst I do believe that to be true to some extent, I personally believe there is much more to fear. You will face your challenges and obstacles by feeling the fear and doing it anyway, and you can create remarkable success. I have personally overcome my fear of public speaking with this approach, now I enjoy speaking on stage, all because I felt the fear and did it anyway. It does not resolve the fears that are hidden within The Shadow, as often these are fears and emotions that you are unaware of. As I mentioned earlier, they are the suppressed memories that are holding you back.
This is where you reach “The Belly of the Whale” or “The Approach” in the Heros Journey. It requires you learning and discovering more about yourself and looking back at your past. You begin uncovering The Self, where you break free from old conditions and patterns. This requires much emotional healing and shifting your fears at the unconscious level. This can require support from a Therapist, Healer or Coach. You can then start to create new beliefs and begin freeing yourself from the shackles! This is where you find your bliss and fulfilment in life.
Overcoming Your Fears and Becoming a Hero in Your Own Life requires stepping up and “Feeling the Fear and Doing it Anyway”, it also requires you to embrace The Shadow of your persona. Remember, dont be afraid to walk into the darkest cave, for the cave you fear to enter hold the treasure you seek!
Thank You for reading, I wish you all the best on your journey to success!
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