There are a number of phrases and meanings assigned to the FEAR acronym. The most common acronym for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real.
We’ve listed the most common below, and added a couple others we’ve created that include the words ‘agony’ and ‘angst’, and have bolded our two favorite variations in this list.
Which is your favorite FEAR acronym?
Various Acronyms for FEAR
Face Every Alarm Reasonably
Face Every Angst Rationally
False Events Appearing Real
False Evidence Appearing Real
Finding Excuses and Reasons
Face Every Angst Rationally
As one who grew up on Star Trek, I think of Spock’s calm and rational mind. It’s as if Captain Kirk with his hot-headed, ready-fire-aim approach was an embodiment of the emotional nature and Spock was the mind. As with our own mental-emotional selves, when working well together they made a great team.
When Fear Is Good
There are times of real danger when Kirk’s quick-to act type of impulsivity could be imperative for survival. Fear in the moment of real danger is life saving. Our bodies were designed to protect us from the saber tooth tigers of the wilds and other potential predators that lurked at every bend.
Amazing machines though they are, our bodies haven’t yet adapted to these modern stressors. They need our help. They need our mind power and determination to elevate.
When Fear is Bad
In a comfortable developed society, most of us have no cause to live in fear daily, and yet many of us do feel daily anxiety and stress. Stress endured over time escalates to anxiety and fear.
Fear in the absence of real danger can endanger our health.
The Calm and Rational Mind
Most of the time we need the calm and rational mentality of Spock’s Vulcan character to diffuse irrational fears. Another old show that comes to mind (for any old enough to remember it) is Dragnet. The detective, Joe Friday, played by actor/producer Jack Webb, was well known for his calm-the-drama approach and his classic command of, “Just the facts, ma’am.”
A rational mind is a calm mind, capable of being the observer of emotions rather than caught up in them, whether our own or that of others. It’s not unusual for a highly emotional person to criticize a rational person as being unfeeling. However, being caught up in the throes and woes of emotional dramas isn’t about love and heart.
It isn’t about not feeling, but it is about being able to rationally observe and assess feelings, drama and trauma. I am speaking from personal experience, learned and discovered through application. I almost drowned in a riptide in Costa Rica. It was an ability to calm my mind through practice, and a fit body through exercise, that saved me. Panic would’ve ended it all.
Let us not waste precious life living through what may or may not come to pass, and on that which we cannot change. Instead, rationally reflect on what’s real and right in front of us that we can elevate and improve, beginning with our thoughts, one moment, one day at a time.
You have the power.
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False Evidence Appearing Real
Anxiety and Fear
Fear and panic is the real danger.
When anxiety kicks in that’s the alarm to get our attention that we need to calm down and step back into our reasonable, rational mind. Ask, “Is this real?” “Is this true?” When you do, the fear is more likely to dissolve because most fear is not reasonable.
Most fear is not reasonable.
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“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”SOURCE: 1933 First presidential inaugural address
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR)
Dwell on the Good
You know that ‘glass half full’ meme? It’s time to put it to use in a big way. There is always something good in the bad, even when it’s hard to see.
Let us not waste precious life dwelling on what may or may not come to pass, and on that which we cannot change. For now, let’s focus on what’s in front of us that we can elevate and improve, beginning with our thoughts, one moment, one day at a time.
As creators, this is our opportunity to create sacred space around ourselves and our families. Let us paint our day with beauty, positivity, love and hope, and share that optimism with all whom we can.
Focus on the good and that’s what will grow in your life.
Fear affects us as if it is real, but usually it’s conjured. We can break that spell.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder – iCreateaDaily.com®
Elevate Your State
Amidst the fears and uncertainties pulsating alarmingly through the body of humanity, especially in these 2020-2021 Covid-19 times, please consider elevating yourself and those around you. Focus on gratitude, beauty, positivity and prudence, for these have the power to diffuse fear.
If the worst case scenario were to happen next week, or in a month, there’s nothing we can do about it. To live in fear is to torture ourselves by replaying imagined worst case scenarios that will likely never happen.
For those horrific things that have happened and that still affect us, we can learn to change our reaction to it and the story of what that does to us. More importantly, we can literally choose to let go the fear through acceptance of what is, what was, or what may be.
To view things as happening for us rather than to us, is a gamechanger.
Worry and Fear
Evil Triplets Versus Angelic Triplets
Worry, Fear and Doubt will not serve us. These evil triplets zap life, creativity and wisdom. Gratitude, will. Creativity, will. Love, will. These angelic triplets are our guardian angels leading the way out of fear.
Let gratitude, creativity and love into your life. Release anger and resentments, arguments and criticisms. Release fear and negativity and replace each negative that pops up with a positive and a gratitude, for there is always something for which to be grateful.
There is always something good.
To hold onto what isn’t, negates the potential of what is. To hold onto past hurts, is to hinder the blossoming of the present.
Gratitude lightens and brightens a heavy heart.
~LeAura Alderson, cofounder-iCreateDaily.com®
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Dancing With Fear
Tony Robbins humorously demonstrates how to handle fear in this ‘dance with fear’ video.
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