Choose to develop a mind without fear. In this subsection, I give you the tools to help you filter information and allow only positive news into your head. You will learn how to stay positive and start enjoying the benefits of positive thinking. Where there is fear there cannot be love.
"The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your actions will be" - Katherine Mansfield
You have read, in previous subsections, that it isn't easy to live with a mind without fear when you buy into the hype being dished out by the media.
But you have the choice!
You can decide what you allow into your head and you have full control over what you choose to think and feel.
The tools that you will learn in this subsection will help you eliminate probabilistic fears.
You need to overcome your cognitive biases and to start questioning the data being fed to you via your television, radio, newspapers and internet. You will do this using a logical sequence of validation.
Napoleon Hill wrote a great book which illustrates how the mind works in relation to the attitude that you choose to adopt. In "Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" he explains the concept of a positive versus a negative mental attitude. Your thoughts and feelings create your reality. If you live with an optimistic attitude to life you will attract good things into your life.
The good news is that you can choose your attitude. You have the choice of living with a mind without fear or to give in to fear conditioning.
Where does your attitude come from?
Your attitude is determined by what you think about. And what you think about comes from your beliefs. Your beliefs are shaped in your brain.
As you have read in my previous subsections, probabilistic fears are caused by a combination of our body’s architectural design, our acquired cognitive biases and by the bias in the media towards predominantly reporting bad news.
This combination triggers our amygdala into believing that we are in constant threat of our survival.
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.” - Bertrand Russell
Let me show you the steps that you can take right now to eliminate probabilistic media induced fear from your life and start living in a mind without fear.
This is an easy and very helpful step to take. I know because I have lived for many years avoiding news of all kinds.
I do not watch television news broadcasts, I do not listen to talk radio stations, I do not buy newspapers and I do not have any news feeds landing on my computer via the internet.
Trust me, you will not lose out on anything but you will gain a lot.
Even though I neither watch nor listen to news, I am still up to date with what is happening around me and in the world.
And so will you. Your friends will tell you about it. You will hear about it at work or when you are out shopping.
But it is different when you are not directly exposed to it.
We have a local radio station whose news reports are about success stories and initiatives which have contributed in a positive way to the improvement of local communities. For the rest of the time, they play great music.
If you are lucky enough to have such a radio or TV station, tune in to it.
When driving in your car, avoid news or talk radio stations. If your talk radio stations are anything like ours, most of the individuals phone in to bitch about something or to criticise someone. Avoid them and tune into a music station or play your favourite music.
However, it is impossible to avoid the news media.
So, what do you do when you hear, see or read a bad news item?
You question it!
I will illustrate the process by giving you two examples. The first will be a local news item and the second will be a global news event.
The news story: Two homes in your town were broken into and their contents stolen
Your negative thought is: It is going to happen to me!
This is how you question your thought:
Can you see that?
Now, take the opposite positive thought: It is not going to happen to me.
Can you see that both the negative as well as the positive thoughts are just as valid?
Both thoughts may or may not be true.
Which though and feeling, do you think, is going to result in a mind without fear?
Remembering that you attract into your life what you choose to believe and think about, does it not make sense to believe and think that, “it is not going to happen to me”?
Does this not make sense to you?
"You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make up your mind to do so. For remember, fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." - Dale Carnegie
Let us take the next example. This time the news is about a country far away from your own.
The news story: Rebel forces in (any country except yours) have attacked government forces in an attempt to take over the government and rule the country. Government troops retaliated and killed hundreds of people including many civilians. Martial law was established.
Your automatic reaction is to feel apprehensive and scared.
Then please, put it out of your mind.
Worrying and being scared about a situation that is not going to directly affect your life is silly. Thinking about it is not going to change the situation but it will affect you.
Can you see how, just by shifting your thoughts from negative to positive, you fears are alleviated?
The only way to live with a mind without fear is to practice, practice and practice putting all negative thoughts to the test, as I have shown above, whenever they surface.
Arnold Palmer once said “It’s a funny thing, the more I practice, the luckier I get”. How true!
Take some time to read through my section on How the Mind Works.
I really encourage you to keep out of that fear place and start living your life in a mind without fear. In my next subsection I explain ways to deal with the scourge of cyber bullying.