Worried about money, anxiety over job security, worried about family, fearful for personal security, feeling inadequate – these are the things that entertain the normal mind. Unfortunately, psychology proves time and time again that the normal mind is plagued by negative thought. This negativity is entrenched in the subconscious – that part of our mind that was inculcated with this way of thinking during our formative years – and it is now nurtured by the ubiquity of bad news, negative comment and the horror stories on which the mass media thrives. We are surrounded – from without and within – by the negative.

For many, that negativity results in anxiety – we become anxious about everything that we don’t want to befall us. And this anxiety often leads to fear – again, fearful of the things that we don’t want to happen. And, for some, that anxiety can lead to downright panic – and that panic often overwhelms us when we least expect it.

The first thing that you must to realize is that, if you are feeling anxious, panicked or fearful, it has nothing to do with you – it is the product of an over-active personality. Your personality – the person that you think you are – is a fiction based on all the psychological pictures that you ‘snapped’ during your formative years. You took snapshots of events that made an impression on you at the time but, now, your subconscious mind is using those snapshots to create what you perceive to be your reality. And, because your subconscious automatically invests your energy into these negative emotions, you pretty much end up proving yourself correct – you were right to worry, right to be anxious, right to be fearful – your life ends up being a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Psychology tells us that we are only able to perceive and experience what we expect to perceive and experience. So, if we change our expectations, our life will actually change. This, however, is easier said than done because, as we’ve already said, not only is your subconscious mind occupied by the resident evil of negative thought, you are surrounded by other people who are stuck in the same nightmare. It is difficult to envisage life being so different.

So, you need to start re-building your innate ability to ignore destructive, self-sabotaging and negative thought by redirecting your attention to what is real. Reality is awaiting your undivided attention in this present moment. To be blunt, this breath might just be your last – you had better get busy experiencing, living and capitalizing upon the wonder of the here and now. The now is a place where fear, anxiety and panic are simply not. It is a place where you take real action – action that will point your life in the right direction. It is a place where challenges are met head on – without fear or anxiety.

But try telling this to someone who is in the depths of despair. Try telling this to someone who has thrown in the towel. Try telling someone who is overwhelmed by panic that it isn’t real. You’ve got to develop your ability to appreciate, experience and live in the present moment when it doesn’t matter so that you can be fully focused, fully alert, fully armed, when it does matter. So, tomorrow morning, take ten minutes to sit and focus on what your five senses are telling you – not what your imaginary personality thinks that they are telling you. Get that imposter out of the way – out of your life – and see where life might take you.

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