33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear … Right Now

Overcoming Fear - Ball and ChainGetting through fear is a skill that anyone can learn.

The problem is that most people cling to their fears, because it’s part of who they are.

If you aren’t ready to face your fears, you probably won’t transcend them.

And there’s nothing wrong in that. Everything happens in its own time.

If you’re reading this article though, I’m pretty sure that you’re ready to take another step forward.

You searched for this information, or you bumped into it, which isn’t just a coincidence.

Let’s have a look at some of my favorite ways of dealing with fear.

How to Start Overcoming Fear, Right Now

1. Awareness. Before you can begin overcoming fear, you have to be aware that your fears are causing havoc in your life. It’s easy to get so attached to your thoughts and feelings that you think they are all that exist, which couldn’t be further from the truth. You are not your fears. You are the awareness that experiences it.

2. Identify. Get specific about what exactly you’re afraid of. Look at the pictures you have in your head about the situation. What is happening in them? What are you really scared of? Become an observer of your inner space.

3. Curiosity. While curiosity may have killed the cat, it certainly won’t do you any harm when investigating your fears. Get curious about what thoughts generate your fear, where do you feel the fear, and how do you react to it? Again, be an observer of what is going on.

4. The Now. What are you lacking right now? When you center yourself in the now, you realize that everything is how it is. You naturally accept what is. Tapping into the now can be as simple as feeling your body and breath. My favorite book on the subject is Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle.

5. EFT. EFT is short for Emotional Freedom Techniques. You use your fingertips to tap meridian points on your body while thinking of a fear you have and it alleviates and sometimes gets rid of the fear altogether. Simple, yet extremely powerful.

6. Sedona Method. Another simple system to conquer fear is the Sedona method. It consists of asking a few simple questions while focusing on your fear. It’s so simple that I dismissed it several times before taking it seriously. Bad move!

7. The Work. The Work is very similar to the Sedona method in that it asks questions. The Work is one of my favorite ways of dealing with fears, anxieties, and worries. There are many methods available, so pick the one that you resonate with.

8. Hypnosis. With hypnosis, you can program the right thoughts into your mind and eliminate negative beliefs. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it might for you. My brother uses it to consistently evoke positive change in his life. But remember, this isn’t necessarily about getting rid of your fears, but learning to relate to them in a different way.

9. Gratitude. Whenever you feel fear, switch it over to what you are grateful for instead. If you’re afraid of public speaking, be grateful for the opportunity to communicate with so many people, and that they are there to genuinely listen to what you have to say.

10. Journaling. Getting your fears down on paper is important, because trying to think them through doesn’t work. You get caught in endless loops of negativity that only lead you further down the rabbit hole, and make your life miserable.

11. Talk. No-brainer advice, but how often do we hold the negative in because we are afraid of how others might react, or because of some other reason? Talking helps, but don’t throw a pity party for yourself.

12. Therapy. If you can find a good therapist, therapy can be highly beneficial, even life-changing. Finding the right therapist for you can be hard. Listen to your heart and choose someone who resonates with you.

13. NLP. NLP is short for Neuro-Linguistic Programming. I’ve been to a seminar with the co-founder, Richard Bandler. You learn how your mind works. NLP has helped thousands in eliminating phobias, fears, and other emotional problems, so it has its place, but only if it feels magnetic to you.

14. Life Coach. Do you have a fear of success, or a fear of failure? A good life coach can help you examine what you truly want from life, and where your fears come from. I’ve spoken to a few in my life and while it can be scary, it’s very helpful in getting clear about what you want and what’s stopping you.

15. Read. Reading a good book on your specific fear can open new doors on how you can get rid of it. I also like to read a lot of motivational and inspirational work on and around the topic I’m dealing with.

16. Take Action. I’m an action taker, and I know that fears are just fears. They are created by my imagination to make reality seem scarier than it is. When you take action and face your fears, they become weaker, because you realize that reality isn’t nearly as bad as your imagination.

17. Watch. Watching a movie or a documentary can be as enlightening as reading a book. Sometimes it’s nice to distract yourself from your fear, but if you really want to, you can find dozens of movies on the fear you’re dealing with.

18. Diet. Did you know that the food you eat can have a dramatic impact on how you feel? All the sugars, additives, sweeteners, and other chemicals in our foods have a surprisingly powerful effect in getting our body out of balance. Stick to a clean diet that suits you. Meaning, more fruits and vegetables. Just eat a bit more each day. See what happens.

19. Positivity. Whenever fear strikes, flip it over. Instead of thinking of something bad that can happen, think of something positive. What’s a positive outcome to your fear? If you’re thinking about public speaking, imagine yourself being wildly successful instead of failing horribly. This is very similar to #9, but with a small twist.

20. Perspective. Learning to deal with fear is all about putting your negative thoughts in perspective. We tend to focus too much on the negative, so by looking at all the options, you often realize that you’re making a big deal of nothing. There are so many things that can happen that it’s impossible for you to predict. We aren’t psychics.

21. Surrender. Surrendering to what is is powerful, because as long as we try to change what is, we are in war with reality. To learn more about how to surrender to what is, I recommend you read Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life. It’s the book on The Work I mentioned earlier. I personally love it.

22. Your Story. We all tell ourselves a story about our fear. If I’m afraid that no one will like my writing, I tell myself a story (in my head) about how I’ll fail horribly, people will laugh at me, or even worse, no one will read what I have to say. What’s your story?

23. Release Control. We want control and predictability, even though it’s impossible to get. Where we don’t have control, we experience fear. But is it possible to ever have control? Even if you can swim, you can drown. A professional guitar player can still make mistakes and butcher a gig. Give up the illusion of control, and you’re free.

24. Help. Be kind to others. If you’re shy, focus on helping people instead of being self-conscious about how you look or sound when you talk. Flip it on other people and make yourself feel good. This is very similar to #16.

25. Meaning. I believe we all go through things for a reason. That includes the fears we have. It also includes overcoming fear and learning the lessons that come out of it. This may not be the case 100% of the time, but when I look back at the challenges and fears in my life, I see that more often than not, they delivered exactly the message I needed at that time.

26. Model. I’m not talking about modeling clothes here. I’m talking about finding someone who had the fear you have, but managed to transcend it. Get in touch with them, ask them how they did it, and see if it could work for you.

27. Pray. I’m not religious, but if you are, you may want to consider praying for guidance on how to start overcoming your specific fear. Prayer is very similar to meditation. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you choose, as long as it works for you.

28. WTWTCH. What’s the worst that could happen? If you’re afraid of public speaking, imagine yourself on a stage with everyone laughing at you. How do you feel afterward? You’re still alive, aren’t you? Life goes on.

29. Yoga. Energy can get trapped in your body. When you do Yoga and breathe, that energy can be released. Sometimes you release parts of your fears, or you might even find that you’ve dropped a few fears without even noticing after a few months of Yoga.

30. Ask. Your feelings are there to tell you something, ask what the purpose of them is. Ask your heart, God, the universe, or whatever you feel comfortable with. What are your fears trying to tell you?

31. Understand Failure. When you realize that failure is not the end of the world, you become free. Failure is just a stepping stone to success. And most of our fears are fear of failure, shame, or somehow not living up to the standards society has put up for us.

32. Explore Your Roots. What is the root of your fear? This may require some meditation. Look inside and ask yourself when the fear started. If you’re afraid of public failure for example, when did it happen? Where you shamed in public when you were younger?

33. Breathe. Your breath can set you free. It can anchor you in the now and help you vanquish and overcome your most pervasive fears. I saved it for last, because it’s one of the simplest and most powerful ways of overcoming fear.

And Please Remember

Whatever fears you’re facing, remember that the only thing that matters is that you listen to yourself, and your inner GPS.

Here’s a super short video of me sharing one of the most important things I’ve learned in my life:

The Wrap Up

While I think overcoming fear is a learned skill, I also believe that it takes time. If you find yourself rushing, take it easy.

It isn’t necessarily about getting rid of your fears, because resisting your fears only makes them bigger.

You will transcend your fear(s) when the time is right. By reading this article, you’ve already taken the first step, and you’ve put the wheels in motion.

The next step is taking action and using one of the 33 tips above.

Trust your heart and always do what resonates with you.

Your friend,

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  1. Fear is such a huge life sucker. Once I figured out fear, at about 24 yo, everything changed for me. The book that got me started — “Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway” by Dr. Susan Jeffers. It helped me, especially, identify my fear of embarrassment. Who knew? Knowing and understanding our fears doesn’t necessarily mean we always easily brush them away, but it does mean that we get to choose how we let them impact us. And that gives a new freedom that wasn’t there before. So I say, “Go and conquer!”

    Thanks for the great article, Henri. Have a great day!

  2. Great tips Henri!

    The one that has always helped me the most is positivity. You really can’t fail when you’re always seeking the positive outcome, even though the voice inside your head tells you otherwise. Gotta learn to turn that voice off and just go for it!

    All great changes happen through positive thinking. 🙂

  3. Thanks for these tips Henri, the points that particularly resonated with me are 10, 15, 20, 27, 28 (never heard of that before!) and 31.

  4. That four letter word that haunts us – fear.

    This was a great list of ways to get rid of fear.

    Taking action is definitely one of the most effective ones – although I can very well understand why it is not that easy sometimes. You are paralyzed to take action.

  5. Another solid article as always here.

    I know when I have negative thoughts in my head I usually just tell myself that if I don’t take action now, I’ll come back to the same spot with the same thoughts and never get further along on the road of life meant for me.

    Not always easy but always necessary to help.

    Powerful stuff and you’ve really listed a lot here Henri. Always a pleasure to read.

  6. Thanks for this list. I’ve been looking for something like this so I can learn more about how to control my thoughts. I sometimes that with all the messages we get from society, culture, marketers, etc. many of us lose control of our own minds.

    I’m going to go through many of your recommendations and see what works for me.

  7. “Identify. Get specific about what exactly you’re afraid of. Look at the pictures you have in your head about the situation. What is happening in them? What are you really scared of? Become an observer of your inner space”. this really gives me a picture of nothing is impossible because the word itself says “im possible”

  8. What a wonderful list! “Fear cannot take what you do not give it.” – Christopher Coan. Don’t feed your fear and it will fade away. I recommend a book called “Feel The Fear and Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers. She shares a very nice concept about the common source of all our fears and how to overcome it.

  9. Some of these were *exactly* what I needed to read today. Thank you Henri – you made a difference!

  10. craig beattie says:

    Hi , I first felt fear at the age of six when a girl asked me to sit next to her. I am a recovering addict , clean for 30 months, i used drink and drugs to help with the fear. It helped at first and was fun, wasnt long until it got painful . Had a few pschotic episodes where i thought the world was coming to an end , and everyone was crazy, i had to save the world. That was extreme fear, didnt stop me from using. I use some of your steps, like the gratitiude, it cancels out my negattive thoughts and does not give it any power. Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the progress in its prescence. I also like your step to surrender, i must not control otherwise it gets worse. Fear wants to isolate me , and then has power to attack. Grateful recovering addict

    • Hey Craig,

      Sounds like you’ve gone through a lot but ultimately learned how to overcome fear. I completely agree with you on courage.

      Keep rocking dude!

      • I have been denying my fears and I knew it wasn’t that bad but always thought about my fears when I had a hangover. Always blame the alcohol. But today your words brought tears to my eyes and hope. Today has been the first time I have over come my fears. Reading the 33 powerful ways

  11. Hey Henri

    Great list. I like #28 WTWTCH. Really cool.
    I recently read the book Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard. He also writes about fear, I highly recommend it.

    Keep on rocking!

  12. Fear is caused by a belief or beliefs you hold that becoming frightened is the best way or only way you will take care of yourself in a risky or dangerous situation.Ask yourself, What am I afraid might happen if I and not scared/frightened of____________? A common answer is,”I might not do anything to take care of myself”.Another common answer is “it would mean I didn’t care”.These are the faulty beliefs you need to eliminate/change to the more truthful belief.

  13. Wayne Schoeneberg says:

    One day a friend of mine called me the most fearless person he knew. I laughed and told him that I had the same fears as everyone else. He said, “Well you seem to live beyond fear.” That phrase stuck with me. We all have fears. They are natural. The methods you suggest above are all very valid ways of dealing with those things we cannot accept. Fear impacts our performance, productivity and personal satisfaction. But it is a choice. We do not have to accept fear in our lives.

  14. Vivek mishra says:

    Wow I just needed such article to know about solutions regarding my fear….I am feeling so content after this article….thank you soooo muchhh..

  15. Thank you so much. i really like that one about gratitude. I will use to overcome my fear on public speaking.

  16. Thank you so much. I’ve so much fear, for the last few months I’ve been feeling that I’ll die soon and it never happened to me before. I spend my day in bed worrying all day and I can’t make my own decisions. I’m freaked out, I feel like my life is over and I feel too weak to take an action. I’m sorry about writing my negative thoughts here.

    • Hey Kate,

      Quite a few people seem to be feeling this way. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Find time to relax and do things you enjoy. Take a walk, watch a movie, read a book, or just sit in nature. This too shall pass 🙂

  17. I have been stayed locked up in my room all night and most of the day, because I am scared of a lot of things and I don’t know how to overcome these things and all of my fears, but reading this today, I think may have helped me take more control of what i’m affaid of. I have tried a few things such as listing to music and reorganizing things, but they didn’t help all that much, but I have been going for early morning runs and writing down my thoughts. Those are the things that have really helped. Thank you! You have truly been a great help.

  18. Xavia Tutt says:

    Thank you so so much. I’ve been depressed the past couple months cause I’d undoubtedly let my fear control my life and me reaching my full potential. I’d let negative thoughts and fears strain my personal relationships and career. But today I feel it’s been worth it like I’m being born again and more grateful for my life no matter what I feel I lack. This article helped plant the seed of positive thinking and not letting fear control me. Your tips are amazing and I’m definitely going to use them in my journey to success, happiness, and a raised but not inflated self esteem. Thank you.

  19. Thanks Henri … It will be of great help to me to deal with the fear which at present my son (who is 8 years old) has started facing.
    I know there is no other way but to deal with it. I have came out of this vicious circle 8 years back. I followed surrender, prayer and positivity to get rid of fear.

    Now I have to go down to a level of a kid and make him understand that this feeling is a fake gameplay of our unconscious mind. We powered it wrongly. Life has put up a new challenge and I accept it.

    Thanks once again for sharing it.

  20. Hi Henri, what’s written by you above is some very powerful stuff, I can see by reading it your a very intelligent human being and a caring one also. I hope your tips will help me help myself in discovering true happiness, all that’s left to say is thank you and have a nice life because you deserve it 🙂

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