A Call to Action

“Fear can be uncomfortable, even painful. But it’s a pain that needs to be heard. Trying to ignore your fear will only end up hurting you more.

Firearm instructor Cindy Frost says using fear as a motivational vehicle has saved her life countless times. She describes one occasion when she was a young police officer. Frost was searching a rough neighborhood for a man who had violently threatened a woman earlier that night. Sizing up a suspect she spotted on the street, Frost considered if she should call for backup.

“I spotted a man who stood over six feet, had a very large belly, silver combed-back hair, and was wearing a flannel shirt. He was walking in the middle of the street,” Frost said. “The hair at the back of my neck rose with every detail that confirmed this was likely the offender.”

Frost had handled many calls and traffic stops without assistance during her nightly tour of duty. But she was familiar enough with the chill of fear to know that this was a time she couldn’t act alone.

“These are God-given reactions,” Frost said. “Listen and consider the emotion of fear to be a directive. Respond accordingly.”

Shift Your Focus

There’s a distinct difference between examining your fear and obsessing over it. One is a motivator. The other is just a burden.

“Anxiety and worry is the act of taking that raw emotion and then allowing it safe harbor within your mind,” Frost said.

The goal isn’t to shut off this survival mechanism, but to be mindful of its message and cultivate the courage to handle it. Anything less just feeds the fear.

 March 29, 2021 Updated: March 29, 2021

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