Napoleon Hill, in his classic book, Think And Grow Rich, wrote a chapter on the 6 most basic fears that every person has at one time or another. These fears can be devastating if one allows them to overtake their life and prevent people from achieving their goals or desires.
Worry and doubt are the seeds of fear. Negative thoughts swirling around in the conscious mind cause fear. Left unchecked, fear eventually leads to anxiety. Over time, the constant stress from the worry, doubt, fear and anxiety creates disease. Therefore, it’s important to understand what you can do change your results by overcoming these fears in all aspects of life and business.
As you explore these common fears, be willing to accept whatever you discover about yourself.Awareness, bringing consciousness, to what you are thinking, feeling and doing is a powerful starting point for change. The 6 fears as set forth by Hill are listed in the order that they commonly appear in people’s lives:
1. POVERTY: This insidious fear is typically the offshoot of bad experiences with untrustworthy people. After such an instance, a person may feel exploited. As you view your life to see if this fear has a foothold, understand that it can appear in different ways. Common signs that indicate this could be playing a part in your life are lack of ambition, inability to make decisions, a negative attitude and making excuses for any failures. Other warning signs are indifference and procrastination.If you spot these signs, have compassion for self. Then take one and start put together a plan to make changes. Get coaching for quicker results.
2. CRITICISM: This fear will show up in several different ways such as overspending trying to keep up with the latest purchases of friends and neighbors, bragging and easily being embarrassed. All of these conditions have other people in control of how you view yourself rather than seeing your own value. People will live a smaller life trying to avoid criticism. Look to see if you use other people as reasons why you do or don’t do something. Do an analysis of how you react when others give you feedback.
3. ILL HEALTH:Some people are focused on poor health instead of enjoying good health. Do you have a cabinet full of medicines? Do you want to know the details of someone’s illnesses and start looking for symptoms? Do you have regular pains or conditions that you speak about to others? Instead of focusing on little aches and pains, look for all the perfectly functioning parts of you and develop a regular routine for increasing your health. Other signs of this fear are self-pity and substance abuse, which can also include over-eating.
4. LOSS OF LOVE:Symptoms of this fear are jealousy and fault-finding. People have been known to commit fraud, crime and other unsavory acts in their efforts to hold onto to someone’s love or to buy affection. In the process, they lose themselves and what’s important. If a person feels that they must be or do something in order to be loved or show love, then fear is ruling in that relationship – not love. Love is unconditional and doesn’t require anything from anyone.
5. OLD AGE: Age is completely relevant and irrelevant. Others may tell us that we are either too young or too old to do something, however only the individual’s opinion counts. Whenever age becomes a question or an issue, face it head on and do what you want regardless of age.
6. DEATH: There are people that are so afraid of dying that they never really start living. Instead of worrying about what might be or could happen, switch the focus to living in joy. Look for what you can do to enhance your and other people’s lives.
All other fears are minor in comparison and can be grouped under these six headings.
Further, all of these fears are subject to group mentality and can be seen running their cycles throughout time. For instance, worldwide we have been stuck in a cycle of FEAR OF POVERTY since 2008.
Looking back in history, we can see that during World War II, we were in the cycle of FEAR OF DEATH. Following the war, the world entered into the cycle of FEAR OF ILL HEALTH, which was evidenced by the epidemic of disease.
A good example of the opposite of this fear can be seen in the medical field. Doctors and nurses are less apt to become ill or overcome by disease because they do not fear disease. Medical personnel come into contact with seriously contagious diseases on a daily basis without becoming infected. It’s their lack of fear that provides protection.
All fears are states of mind and we all have the ability to choose our state of mind. It only takes awareness of what we are thinking and doing, then deciding to start making choices that support your desires.
After studying the wealthiest and most successful men of the time, Napoleon Hill came to the conclusion that a person’s thought impulses reveal themselves into their physical equivalent. A person can originate their thoughts or they can pick them up from the ether. As they become emotionally involved in those thoughts, they will create in their reality what they were thinking about.
The fastest and most effective way to overcome these fears is to set a massive goal that will take your complete attention and focus in order to achieve it.
Rather than focusing on or relinquishing to fears, it’s far better to find something that is worthy of your time, attention and devotion, and bring that into physical reality.