Fear, doubt and worry are different but very closely related. You could say that they are in the same family. Each of them can be very harmful; they can have negative effects on your health, finances, and relationships. To live a better life, you need to deal with all three.
First, let’s define each one since they are all different.
Fear is defined as a feeling of anxiety; a frightful thought; or reverence.
Out of these three definitions, reverence might be a little surprising. But this is the sort of fear that keeps us safe. It could be the fear of falling off a tall building, or getting shocked working with electrical wires. These fears are natural and alright as long as we don’t let them hinder us doing what we need to. We respect heights, or electricity, but if we need to be at the top of a building, we can make sure that we do it safely.
The definition of doubt is to be undetermined or to be double minded.
Doubt is thinking, “Well I know that other people can do it, but I probably can’t.” Doubt is knowing that something is possible, but not believing in yourself. The Bible refers to it as being double minded and it says that double minded people are “unstable in all their ways” (James 1:8). So if you want to be successful, you need to fight through doubt. Any area that is worth pursuing may require overcoming doubt.
Lastly, worry is defined as a concern about something that threatens to bring bad news or results.
Worry is a pointless way to spend your time. You are fretting about something that hasn’t even happened yet, and most likely will never happen. It just causes unnecessary stress.
So, what’s the first step to get rid of fear, doubt and worry?
Start by determining what they are. What are you fearing? Or doubting? Or worrying about? Then make a decision about what actions to take to stop those negative emotions. Maybe it’s limiting contact with some really worrying friend in your life. Whatever is causing you to fear, figure out a way to make it stop or avoid it in the future.
But there are some things you shouldn’t do with fear, worry and doubt. Don’t bury your negative emotions. They will just eat away at you. Learn to work with them and figure out ways to stop them. Don’t just pretend they don’t exist. If you ignore something long enough, it will just resurface worse than ever before. And lastly, don’t keep reinforcing them. If something is making you worry, don’t keep dwelling on it. It will only make it worse.
Now, here are some of the best ways to get rid of these negative emotions:
1. Face it head on and deal with it. Don’t hide from these emotions, as they will come back later and be more destructive than before. Sometimes facing it could mean getting help. You could ask someone you trust to help remind you to be positive or to stop worrying when they see you doing so.
2. Visualize. Spend time thinking about your life and how you want it to turn out. When you do this, you start focusing more on the positive and it makes you worry less. But you can also visualize yourself being unafraid and confident, and the more you see yourself like that in your mind, the faster it will turn into a reality.
3. Look for the original cause. Try to figure out what exactly makes you worry, fear, or doubt. And when you figure it out, you can work on changing it. You have to know what causes those feelings if you ever want to break through them.
Getting rid of fear, doubt, and worry is something that can really help you succeed in life. These negative emotions can cause many problems, and can hurt you in multiple ways. Decide to rid yourself of fear, doubt and worry and watch the positive effects it has on your life.