Everyone in this world is afraid of something. Ask a phobic weightlifter who scampers at the sight of a peanut-sized insect, or a politician who pukes at the thought of public speaking. There is a list of at least hundred other phobias that may seem outlandish to some, and nightmarish to others—fear of water, fear of darkness, fear of intimacy, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of animals, fear of pregnancy, fear of long words (Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia), so on, and so forth.
Fear is like a plague. It is not easy to escape its clutches, no matter how strong, aware or wise we are. But, if it isn’t easy, it’s not impossible either. Given that there are all kinds of fears and phobias people live with, struggling to cope, address and overcome, what could possibly be the weapon of choice to wage this war? Corporate Trainer and Partner at Anekta, Swasthika Ramamurthy has helped numerous employees and entrepreneurs overcome fear. According to her, getting to the root of our fears is the first step. For instance, if a reserved person is too timid to speak in a meeting due to their fear of public speaking, it is important to understand where this fear stems from. Ramamurthy says, “You need to get deep under the skin of workers and deal with their confidence issues.”
Once we have identified where our fears stem from, we can devise a plan to overcome them. Mysuru Warriors Head Coach Murali RX has devised an interesting technique to help his players overcome their fears. He explains, “A batsman is often afraid to face a cricket ball at the velocity of 140 km/hr on a 22-yard pitch. Why? He is afraid that he might get injured. In such circumstances, the batsman is asked to face a tennis ball on an 18-yard pitch. The speed remains the same, but the probability of getting injured diminishes.”
Fear might be big, intimidating, and scary. But our desire to achieve something is far bigger than the fear itself.