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Reduce Anxiety by Doing Scary Things

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

– Isaiah 41:10

Did you know that doing scary things actually makes you less afraid in the long run? Yes, you will have some initial angst, but consistently doing the things you are afraid of or that intimidate you will lower your anxiety level over the long-term. When I was writing my new book Change Your Thoughts, Change Your World, I covered this topic extensively, and interestingly, my publisher wasn’t entirely sure I was correct. They actually asked me for scientific proof of the assertion because it sounds so unorthodox. Thankfully, as I showed them, the truth is that research does validate that doing scary things causes you to be a more serene person over the long haul. On the contrary, when you withdraw from the things that cause you to feel anxious or fearful, you experience temporary relief, but your overall anxiety increases. 

If you struggle with worry and you find yourself up at night fretting over small things, shift your paradigm and embrace stretching, adrenaline-inducing activities in your everyday life. While the practice will initially be painful, it will ultimately build strength on the inside of you and prepare you for the big trials that inevitably come in life. 

Friend, our Savior didn’t shrink back from the challenge of a confrontation, the terror of demons, or the pain of betrayal, and all these things enabled Him to do the ultimate frightening thing — give His life for you and me. Follow in the footsteps of Jesus and let Him fill your heart with courage as you resolve to embrace scary things in your daily life!

Prayer


I ask for your help, Jesus, as I shift my paradigm and learn to embrace scary things in my everyday life.

Reflection


What was the last scary thing you did? How did you feel when you were done?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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One Response

  1. Fear is what the devil uses to keep anyone back from doing what is purposed in their own, or some one else’s life! Because even Jesus was fearing to go through with it, by asking Gad His Father if their was another way? But not His will, let Thy will be done! The angels lost their first estate because of fear of the devil, because they believed the devil, knowing he was more powerful then they were, some how forgot God is Almighty, All Powerful, All Seeing, All Knowing and anything else that I do not know! Amen. When we are faced with a fear in doing something, It’s like giving up on something that we are purposed to do in our lives, and also for our good, I think by doing it, then we Glorify God and God in return, helps us all the way!

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