This article is written for those of us who have a tendency to let what I refer to as the “fear and worry ogres” creep into our lives over almost every circumstance, whether large or small. And, once they’re in, they take us on a wild and stressful ride down that deep, dark rabbit hole and wreak havoc with our nervous system, personal enjoyment, and overall health.
I’ve written on this topic before, and it deserves revisiting to help people in their quest to quiet these powerful old banes to human existence. So let’s give them some perspective and see if we can take away some of their power.
First, let’s revisit why fear and worry are a part of the human condition. It’s quite simple really. Worry stems from fear, and in the early stages of human history, man had the constant threat of being harmed or killed by predatory animals or other competitors for food, shelter, and other life-sustaining needs. At that time, fear and worry served a good purpose. They kept us alert and on the look out for danger so we could take action to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities.
But with the emergence of a much more civilized world, the need for these internal primal protectors greatly diminished. Understanding this can help us demystify them and stop them from entering our lives at every turn.
Now let’s take a look at the top four ways to stop fear and worry in their tracks:
Here’s a powerful quote from Napoleon Hill, author of the best-selling success book of all time, “Think and Grow Rich.”
“Nothing life has to offer is worth the price of worry.”
This is a great quote and I live by it, but let’s face it, we all have times when no matter how hard we try, we let the fear and worry ogres take over and drag us down. So how do we put Dr. Hill’s great quote to work for us and really make it stick? We learn to be conscious of what we’re thinking and recognize fear and worry the second they start to creep in. Then we make Dr. Hill’s quote our mantra. A mantra is a word, phrase, or sentence that is repeated often and expresses a belief. By repeating it, the new belief becomes deeply rooted in our subconscious mind and can replace the old.
Do you see where this is going? So say it out loud every time the ogres attempt to make an appearance-right when you have the fear and worry thought. In other words, be aware of and conscious of your thoughts! If you pay attention to what you’re thinking, also known px7 primal flow reviews as being “present” or “aware,” you can catch yourself when any fear and worry thought enters your mind. Then use a thought change technique such as reciting Dr. Hill’s quote to quickly replace it. No ifs, ands, or buts-just deny fear and worry the chance to engage by replacing them with positive and productive thoughts.
There are also key trigger words you can use to do this if you’d rather use a single word or phrase than a full sentence. Just choose a word or phrase you like and are comfortable with and will take you in a positive direction. For instance, if the ogres start to creep in on me, I often simply say the word “clear” and then immediately move to a thought that makes me happy, makes me laugh, or whatever takes me in a positive direction and away from the fear and worry.
Once you get in the practice of using a trigger word or mantra and are consistent in using it every time the ogres begin to rear their ugly heads, your mind will recognize it as your cue to release the negative thoughts instantly and move on to much more positive and productive thoughts.
Here’s another trigger word idea I like to use that will stop fear and worry in their tracks. The difference is the trigger word will come from asking yourself a couple questions. You only need to hear this method once to understand it and put the trigger word to use. The trigger word is “downstream,” and here’s what you do. Picture yourself in a canoe paddling upstream and ask yourself how it feels. Is it hard work paddling upstream? Going against the current? Do you feel like you’re going nowhere fast? Then ask yourself how it would feel to be going downstream. Picture it. When you’re going downstream, you’re moving with the current-it’s an easy flow-all you have to do is steer the canoe, which is easy and relaxing.
Using the trigger word “downstream” takes you out of the fear and worry mode by reminding you to relax and just flow downstream. It gives you an alternative to engaging the pesky fear and worry ogres and quickly shifts your mind to positive thoughts instead. And, once you use the trigger word “downstream” on a regular basis, your mind will adopt it as the cue to instantly change to better, more positive, and more productive thoughts.