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The Six Ghosts of Fear

By Alison Greiner

What do you fear? Do you lack ambition? Are you self-conscious? Do you find fault in people? Do you worry about leaving loved ones poverty-stricken? If you answered yes to any of these questions you may have a ghost living with you.

Do you know your enemies’ name?
Fear is a primitive and deeply rooted emotion. It is easy to battle the fears you are aware of, but what about the fears that you never recognize? If we want to master our enemies we must know their name, their habits and where they live.

Three of your enemies are named indecision, doubt and fear. This terrible trio travels together, so you can be sure that when one is present the other two are never far behind. Indecision invites doubt, and they work in conjunction to create fear.

For example, you are purchasing your first home. You have found a condominium and a beautiful house. Faced with the decision of which to purchase, you become unsure and indecisive, which causes you to doubt your home purchase. Your indecision and doubt lead you to fear the financial commitment—you are now afraid that you may not be financially ready to purchase a home. What began as a small decision between a condominium or house has lead to a fear of poverty.

In many cases the fusion of indecision and doubt is a slow process; the fruition of fear goes unnoticed. Your fear is now so deeply rooted in your subconscious mind you aren’t even aware it is present, which makes it very difficult to locate and eliminate.
The Six Ghosts of Fear
Fear comes in many different shapes and sizes, but it can best be categorized in six groups, as explained by Napoleon Hill in Think and Grow Rich. Named in order of prevalence they are: the fear of poverty, the fear of criticism, the fear of ill health, the fear of loss of love, the fear of old age and the fear of death.

The Fear of Poverty
The fear of poverty is not only a common fear, but also one of the most destructive. Hill explains best what effects the fear of poverty has on the human mind:

"This fear paralyses the faculty of reason, destroys the faculty of imagination, kills off self-reliance, undermines enthusiasm, discourages initiative, leads to uncertainty of purpose, encourages procrastination, wipes out enthusiasm and makes self-control an impossibility."

Symptoms of this fear include laziness, indecision, doubt, worry, procrastination and lack of ambition, self-control, initiative, imagination and enthusiasm. Use your Goals setting program to work toward your financial and career goals to help tame this fear.


The Fear of Criticism
Nobody likes being criticized, but for some, the fear of criticism is a serious obstacle to achievement in aspects of life. This potent fear can manifest through self-consciousness, feelings of inferiority, extravagance and lack of initiative, poise and ambition. It can be embedded in your mind from many sources. The automobile industry and clothing industry thrive because people don’t want to be criticized for being out of style. Small and petty things are the main focus of this fear.

The Fear of Ill Health
The fear of ill health is closely associated with the fear of old age and the fear of death. Many people fear sickness because they worry about dying. It is estimated that 75% of people who visit doctors suffer from hypochondria. Hypochondria, lack of exercise, self-coddling and intemperance are some of the symptoms of the fear of ill health. Follow your Truestar Exercise Plan, Vitamin Plan and Nutrition plan so that you can feel confident about your health.

The Fear of loss of love
This fear is the most painful of all six fears and often plays chaos on the body and mind. Symptoms of this fear are jealousy, finding fault, belief that love can be bought, insomnia, nervousness, lack of self-control and bad temper.

The Fear of old age
The fear of old age results from a fear of poverty and fear of the unknown of the world beyond. Diminishing attraction is also a part of this fear. The fear of old age shows symptoms when one develops an inferiority complex around the age of 40. You may also begin referring to yourself as “old.”

The Fear of Death
The fear of death is widespread. Most of us know someone who fears death, or maybe you fear death. People who fear death often think of dying rather than making the most out of life. Fear of leaving loved ones poverty-stricken, fear of ill health, insanity and religious fanaticism also accompany this fear.

Take control of your fears
Nature has given us control over one thing—our thoughts. A thought is the beginning of every journey—everything ever created was first a thought. Fears are nothing more than thoughts, a state of mind. You control your thoughts, so you are in full control of your worries as well.

Accept death as a natural course of life. Make a decision to make the most out of the money you have and continue to work hard to earn more. Learn to accept life without love if the situation occurs. Do things for yourself, not for other people. Acknowledge and embrace old age for the wisdom it brings. Enjoy your health and have faith that your health is how it is meant to be.

Kill the habit of worry and let faith bring you the happiness, peace of mind, poise and calmness that it grants freely.


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