The Six Ghosts of Fear

& How to Defeat Each One

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There are six fears that prevail in the lives of those who never achieve their dreams, never reap the rewards of their toils, and never have access to the riches they so desire.

If you think you are beaten, you are,

If you think you dare not, you don’t.

If you like to win, but you think you can’t,

It’s almost certain that you won’t.

If you think you’ll lose, you’re lost.

For out of the world we find,

Success begins with a fellow’s will —

It’s all in the state of mind.

If you think you are outclassed, you are,

You’ve got to think high to rise,

You’ve got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win a prize.

Life’s battles don’t always go

To the strong or faster man

But soon or late the man who wins

Is the man who thinks he can!

— Walter D. Wintle

1. POVERTY

The fear of poverty plagues many of us to the extent that some are so terrified of financial risk they continue doing jobs they hate for meager pay and never have the courage to follow their true calling.

How to get over it:

Get along with whatever money you have on your person without worry.

Additionally, learn about investing, focus on honing your skills, cut your spending if possible, and make the most of every penny.

2. CRITICISM

Some people spend beyond their means so that they appear to others as wealthier than they actually are.

I bought a few fancy clothes I couldn’t afford to impress people I didn’t even know, but at the end of the day nothing matters more than how I view the face in the mirror looking back at me.

How to get over it:

Stop caring what other people think.

The trolls on the internet and certain relatives will probably continue providing you with unsolicited feedback that may or may not be helpful.

You might come into contact with a myriad of people who don’t believe in you because they don’t believe in themselves and have not yet had the courage to follow their own dreams in life.

As Brene Brown says, it’s best to disregard anyone who isn’t in the arena actually taking action towards their goals.

3. ILL HEALTH

Have you ever diagnosed yourself with a disease you didn’t actually have or played hooky by telling your boss that you have a horrible cold and simply cannot get out of bed?

I think most of us have.

The problem is that, energetically, this is inviting illness into our lives, because thoughts become things.

There are quite a few individuals who have recovered from cancer by changing their mindset.

There are also many people who have fallen ill due to their fear of contracting a certain disease.

In essence, thoughts become things, so it’s important to manage your mind when it comes to your fear of illness: If you’re not afraid of getting sick and you don’t make up a fake condition as a way to avoid your responsibilities — as most of us have at least once or twice — you’re far less likely to experience poor health.

How to get over it:

Forget about the symptoms.

4. LOSS OF SOMEONE ELSE’S LOVE

This is perhaps the most painful of every fear: It can drive men and women to do the unthinkable.

Many fall prey to the terror of being abandoned by their lover, so much so that they commit crimes of passion in a rage that is seemingly uncontrollable, or trapes to their former partner’s home in the middle of the night and break through the window, begging for a conversation, gun in hand.

Still others hang themselves while mourning the loss of the one they once held so dear in the depths of their soul.

The most content among us simply move on and realize that this person was not meant for them: They are so confident in their own skin that they know they don’t require love to achieve their goals and be happy during this lifetime.

How to get over it:

Vow to get along without love if you must, and remain content in the process.

5. OLD AGE

Many of us are plagued with the fear of old age, concerned that we will not be sexually appealing when we have been around the sun for thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, or even one hundred years. This is a shame, because living a long life is an enormous gift.

How to get over it:

Be grateful for your old age. Life is a blessing.

6. DEATH

Death is terrifying because none of us truly know what comes after this life. The fear is heightened by the many excruciating ways our souls can leave our bodies and the numerous versions of Hell found within multiple theological texts.

How to get over it:

“Accept death as an inescapable event.”

— Napoleon Hill

THE DAMAGING POWER OF NEGATIVE INFLUENCES

Careful who you spend your time with: Certain individuals can plant seeds of self-doubt in your mind that are so deeply rooted they could ruin your life.

If they don’t do this to you, you may find yourself planting these seeds without even realizing it.

Sometimes, negative influences can consume your subconscious mind while you are asleep.

How to protect yourself:

Recognize that you have willpower and make use of this resource constantly.

These lessons were garnered from Napoleon Hill’s classic book entitled Think and Grow Rich.

We must find a way to defeat these seven ghosts of fear if we are ever going to reach our goals and attract abundance in all its forms into our lives.

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