The Heart of Fear

The part of the brain responsible for registering fear is the amygdala, a bundle of neurons the shape of two almonds located deep in the temporal lobe.

When a person sees something that frightens them, like a massive spider, their amygdala is activated and, in turn, activates other regions of the brain, namely the hypothalamus. It then triggers the release of hormones, such as adrenaline, which is responsible for our “flight or fright” response.

Fear was created to keep us alive it wasn’t created to keep us complacent and static.

Fear can be real or imagined. The fear of the unknown or irrational fear is caused by negative thinking. We are capable of creating unnecessary fear.  Such as:  What if I fail?

Fear is something that we allow to affect the way we live and the decisions we make.

I regret giving up my driver’s license.  This was caused by fear.

I listened to reports that ‘older people’ were causing road accidents. As I was in my seventies, I feared that my driving skills were not as good as when I was younger.  This one small decision took away a lot of my independence. I was not a bad driver, but I feared that I might become one and cause harm to others. I let fear dominate my decision.

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions, yet it’s one that prevents a majority of us from living our greatest potential or following our hearts.

To overcome fear, we need to rewire our brain and develop the courage needed to get where we want to go.

  • Have a well thought out plan.
  • Set extremely clear goals.
  • Take action.
  • Do one thing every day that scares you.
  • Step out of your comfort zone.

Do not let fear hold you back it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make to ensure future success.

Don’t let fear be the reason you lived a half-lived life.

Become that special person you were meant to be. Live life to the fullest.

– Nancy






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