NEW YORK, July 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- For many people, fear is a natural part of life. There are relatively more well-known fears such as claustrophobia and hypochondria, but there are also other fears that can have a very real effect on someone's self-esteem. Fears that hold people back prevent individuals from going after the things they really want from life, and in turn, from finding true happiness.
When self-esteem issues hold people back from taking major steps in their lives to achieve happiness, they become their own worst enemies. Fears are affirmed by negative self-talk, which keeps individuals securely in their comfort zones. Our comfort zones are just that: comfortable. An individual's fears act as a fence keeping them securely within the confines of their comfort zone. Neale Donald Walsch famously said, "Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Those individuals who truly hope to achieve happiness have to face their fears and be willing to step outside of their comfort zones.
Harry Edelson, the legendary financial analyst and soon-to-be-published author of the new book Positivity, believes in the power of eliminating negative thoughts as a means to achieving happiness.
In his book, Edelson recounts meeting a decidedly miserable young woman at a conference 20 years ago, and the wisdom he shared with her that day. "I suggested that she focus on the positives in her life and not the negatives," he writes. "When you are feeling sad, the trick is to focus on what is good instead of what is bad, and on solutions rather than problems. I suggested that she make a list of her problems and next to each problem list one or more solutions."
The simple act of writing down a list of fears can help individuals visualize solutions to their problems. Taking it one step further by writing out the solutions could help propel those individuals who feel out of their comfort zones. Focusing on the positive is a major step toward achieving happiness. When individuals take just a few minutes to reflect on all of the positive things in their life, their problems and fears seem significantly more manageable and no longer an insurmountable obstacle to achieving self-fulfillment and joy.
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SOURCE Harry Edelson