Fear, you are under arrest.

In college my major was criminal justice. I have always enjoyed the legal system and I highly respect police officers. I love watching shows like cops & livePD. While I don’t remember much from my classes, I do remember two sayings. First, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law.” Second, “All victims are innocent until proven guilty.”

I never finished college, graduated from the academy or put on a badge and gun. I have however, been in hot pursuit chasing down fear and putting it under arrest. I have been studying how fear affects us as humans. I have also been looking at ways to overcome it and live your best life. An important way to overcome your fears is to name them. The thing is, fear grows to be a big hairy monster in your head. He feeds off lack of knowledge and whispers unverified doubts in your ear. He wants to stay in your head so that he is not exposed for who he is…a liar. He locks himself in your head by telling you that you are not good enough or that what you want to do will sound stupid so you shouldn’t tell anyone your dreams and goals. The first way to overcome your fears in life is by sharing them with trusted people in your life. Share your fears with those closest to you and see if these fears are valid. Fear is like a fungus, it grows in the dark but when you expose it to light, it begins to die. Expose you fear and watch it shrink.

After you expose fear and bring it too light, you need to get to work by looking at the facts. Facts are your friend. Lack of knowledge is the breading ground for fears. As humans we can handle bad news better than the unknown. A lot of times, the things we fear are not actually real. If you are like me, you think of 5,000 different outcomes to every action you want to take. This can develop fear that creates action paralysis. When this happens we live a life based on the illusion that fear puts in our head and not a life that reflects what the facts say the probability is. It’s time to judge your fears through the lens of what the facts say.

It’s time, it’s time for you to put your fear under arrest. Repeat after me…”Fear, you have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law.” Remember this, all fear is false until proven factual. Create a life living out your faith, not your fears.

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