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2 Keys to Letting Go of Fear

When I recently contacted a dear friend from much earlier days in my life to tell her about the publication of  Losing Control, Finding Serenity, the book’s notion of our constant need to control struck a very strong chord in her.   After telling me how my description of myself 30 years ago so perfectly described her as well  (a life consumed with “gripping fear, obsessive worry, anger and rage—and my unrelenting compulsion to try to control everything and everyone”) she shared with me a fascinating fear based control story.

While on a moving gurney for cancer surgery with unknown outcomes she was actually negotiating with the anesthesiologist at the last minute about how long she was going to be “out” because the loss of control was what she feared most about the surgery.   That really confirmed to me once more how huge an impact fear has on our controlling behaviors.

Fear Controls

Fear is the predominant cause and source of our need to control.   That is why I named the chapter in my book on fear “Fear: Control’s Best Friend”. We are fearful of the unknown and the unexpected and are consumed with “what ifs” and “what might happens”, as my friend’s experience so aptly illustrates.    At our very core, we are fearful of our very survival.   This propels us to grip and hold on tightly in our efforts to find safety and security in an inherently insecure world.   Not once do we consider, however, that the more we strive for security the more insecure we become.

Losing Fear

We need to lose fear in order to lose control.    To do this effectively it is important to separate the real facts from the dramas that our emotions script with respect to our unsettling concerns.   The real facts are rarely as foreboding as our imaginations make them to be.   Once we unemotionally examine the real facts, our fears will begin to diminish, and with that our need to control.

It is also extremely important to confront and process our fears.   In my book, I call this “face and embrace” and provide examples and true case histories.  For now you can start by practicing what the following lines from my poem Fictions’s Best Seller encourage you to do:

“Yet…truly a coward until masked

Stare its stare

Deflect its glare

Strip it bare.”

I would love to hear how these fear decontrol tools work for you.

In the meantime, remember to,

Let It Go–and Accept “What Is!”


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  • Heinz Studer
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Dear Danny,

    Thank you!

    During these difficult periods early this year, when I hit “bottom” and when I was feeling total hopelessness, thanks to you and your wonderful book, I started working on “cleansing” my mind and spirit. Indeed, new and rewarding opportunities have come my way, I never thought that this could/would happen when I was down on myself.
    My life started to turn around and has been getting better. I am working on my fear and stubbornness of letting go, and I am making some progress, little steps at a time and one day at a time. Indeed, when I started meetings of special groups, I heard stories and what people are going through to better their lives, and I recognized that I was not “alone”. I still have a long way to go and I should do much more, instead of finding excuses not to. I am still going through therapy a couple of times a month, it is hard work to get inside the “little boy Heinz”. There has been progress, indeed. Looking back, I can’t even believe the things I wanted to do to hurt myself. Your email of April 30th was a “wakeup call” after I wanted to “leave” altogether. These kind of devastating thoughts are long gone. I am much better to myself….step by step.

    Greets from the Lake of Zurich, it is going to be another sunny day. Heinz

    • Post Author
      Daniel A. Miller
      Posted October 21, 2012 at 11:30 am

      Heinz, thank you for your kind words and I am glad you are making such good progress. The life transformation process begins with making a courageous and honest assessment of our lives, such as you are doing. And it is true that it is almost always a step by step process. As we experience the positive results from facing our “truths” and fears, it give us the confidence to take “bigger” steps and we come to realize that most of our fears are illusory, just waiting to be unmasked.

      Warm regards,


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