Michael Power of Crushing Your Fear: Five Things We Can Do To Develop Serenity And Support Each Other During These Anxious Times
An Interview With Candice Georgiadis
Turn off your phone — next time you go out to the store, notice what everyone in line to check out is doing: they are staring down at their phones. Actually you will notice this everywhere people gather! Instead, start up a conversation with a stranger and ask them how their day is going. You will be surprised at how easy it is and the response you will get.
As a part of my series about the things we can do to develop serenity and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Michael Power
Michael Power is an Author, Speaker and Host of the Crushing Your Fear Podcast (https://www.crushingyourfear.com). His guests are experts and give you the insight and tools needed to help you to overcome your fear.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?
I have experienced a lot of fear in my life and I see a lot of people suffering too. I wanted to get out there to share my story as well as the stories of my Guests on the Crushing Your Fear Podcast to help others.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
Several years ago my life imploded. My X-wife left with the kids, my house was gone and my business was in decline. I ended up on an air mattress in a strip mall. The fear that arose manifested in stress induced eczema which covered my body. I refocused and shifted to a positive mindset. The mind is very powerful in this regard.
What advice would you suggest to your colleagues in your industry to thrive and avoid burnout?
I would suggest focus on helping others. But in order to do that you need to take care of yourself FIRST (mentally and physically) so you can help others overcome challenges.
What advice would you give to other leaders about how to create a fantastic work culture?
Leaders need to set the example by creating Core Values that everyone can live by and living by those values EVERY day. Constant open lines of communication are also KEY to a great work environment.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story or explain why it resonated with you so much?
“Becoming Supernatural” by Dr. Joe Dispenza. He tells the story of a wife and mother who lost her husband to suicide, her mental and physical decline and in the end her desire to change her mindset so she could overcome the tragedy. Very powerful.
Ok, thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. Many people have become anxious just from the dramatic jolts of the news cycle. The fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have only heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to develop serenity during such uncertain times? (Please share a story or example for each.)
- Turn Off the News — there is a LOT of negative news being propagated by the media which attracts attention to sell commercials. This only magnifies fear and causes increased stress. Instead, play a board game with the kids or go for a walk with your partner and reconnect.
- Find Quiet Time — there is a lot of things we need to get done and noise all around us. Its very important to take some time for yourself to stop and observe your thoughts. Make it a habit to find a quiet place for 10 minutes (minimum) a day to close your eyes and do some deep box breathing (breathe in slowly, hold for a few seconds, breathe out slowly and repeat 5 times) to calm down and get clear on what is real and what are just fabricated fear thoughts and anxiety.
- Eat Healthy — its very easy to grab that burger and fries from the fast food place down the road. How do you feel afterwards? Not very well, correct? Instead, grab a salad with grilled chicken or make a fruit and protein shake for lunch. You will have more energy and your body will be happier.
- Get together — the pandemic isolated everyone but we are seeing a gradual lifting of restrictions. Invite some friends over or go out to dinner. We as humans need in person contact to keep the fear and loneliness at bay.
- Turn off your phone — next time you go out to the store, notice what everyone in line to check out is doing: they are staring down at their phones. Actually you will notice this everywhere people gather! Instead, start up a conversation with a stranger and ask them how their day is going. You will be surprised at how easy it is and the response you will get.
From your experience or research, what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?
- Check in with your kids — ask them how their day went and what they are worried about. Ask them why they are worried and apply your life experiences to help them work through it.
- Set time for a daily catch up with your partner — share any fears and worries you both have and support each other to work through them
- Ring Your Neighbor’s Doorbell — especially if you have older neighbors. Just state you are checking in on them and if they needed anything you are there to help.
- Have coffee with a work colleague away from the office — ask them a question on how they are doing and just sit back and LISTEN. Let them do the talking and offer advice if they ask.
- Reach out to extended family and friends — scroll down your contact list on your phone and send a “Checking In” text to 5 people a day. You never know who may need advice to solve a problem.
What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?
I would say listen to the Crushing Your Fear Podcast! Other than that, I would suggest turning off the TV and call someone close to talk through it. Being alone with fear and anxiety only adds fuel to the fire.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
My Father recently passed away but every time I called him to ask how he was doing he said “I Keep Going”. He was on medication and in pain but had the resolve to work through it. Those 3 words are Gold when it comes to handling fear and anxiety.
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. :-)
I’m looking to get on bigger and bigger stages to help people and their fear with tools and techniques that helped me. If I can change one person’s mindset from fear to gratitude and prosperity, I’m good. But I want to help MILLIONS!
What is the best way our readers can follow you online?
Visit my website (https://www.crushingyourfear.com) for links to podcasts and You Tube videos. You can also follow me on Instagram at @therealmichaelpower.
Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!
Thank YOU for the great questions!