“Fear is the static that prevents me from hearing myself,” said Samuel Butler. That’s exactly what fear sounds like - static. No notes, no tempo, no distinguishing sounds. Just static. Terrifying static. Static that says, “Bad things are coming. Your existence, as you know it, is over.” However, when you break down the vague, general message of doom into sub-fears, and then break those into even smaller categories, the fear is much less overwhelming. For example, say that you just started a new job.
Your fear is that you won’t be able to meet expectations, that you will be fired and your family will starve. Your kids will be forced to collect money on the street by playing a drum set made out of old soda cans. Take the expectations, and divide them into sub-categories. What specific tasks are you afraid you won’t be able to complete? Of those, which ones make you most anxious?