Fear is almost always rooted in a scarcity mentality. In other words, you are afraid that you won’t have something you want or desire.ou’re afraid that you’ll lack:
- Or something else
These are all good things, and it’s not wrong to desire them. But it’s easy to become so fixated on them that you become fearful of not having them.
Gratitude completely shifts your perspective, fixing your gaze on the things you already have. It’s hard for gratitude and fear to coexist. They’re like oil and water. A study of breast cancer patients showed that those who intentionally practiced gratitude were much less likely to experience anxiety.
When you feel fear beginning to rise in you, embrace gratitude. Look for ways to be grateful that are specifically related to your anxiety.
Are you worried about a medical condition? Express gratefulness for the health care available to you. Are you concerned about losing your job? Express gratitude for the chance to find something even better.
Every morning, Tony Robbins focuses on gratitude. He says:
I focus on three moments in my life that I’m grateful for because gratitude is the antidote to the things that mess us up. You can’t be angry and grateful simultaneously. You can’t be fearful and grateful simultaneously. So, gratitude is the solution to both anger and fear, and instead of just acting grateful, I think of specific situations that I’m thankful for, little ones and big ones. I do it every single day, and I step into those moments, and I feel the gratitude and the aliveness.
When you’re consistently grateful, it’s hard to be fearful. You’re more aware of the good things you have.
Some simple ways to practice gratitude include:
- Keep a daily gratitude journal.
- Send a weekly text message of gratefulness to a friend.
- Send out handwritten notecards once a month.
- Tell your loved ones why you love them.
- Embrace every challenge as an opportunity to grow.
- Post about gratefulness on social media.
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