Making peace with fear

We can make peace with the anxiety of antipication. But it’s the hope that kills. What we need to gauge the nerves is preparation. One way of accomplishing this is through fear-setting, a practice which requires that we envision the worst outcome. By going toward the fear, we  undermine its strength and power our resolve.  […]

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Trust the routine

The writer, blogger, or boxer must always keep in training. The artist or athlete can’t wait for the muse to inject them with productivity serum. Routine is much more compelling than inspiration, which is fickle, comes in flashes, and rarely sticks. On the flipside of consistency, is also imperfection. The practician not only faces the […]

Managing the amygdala, the fear center of the brain

If humans didn’t have an amygdala — the two tiny almond-shaped nuclei in the temporal lobes of the brain — we wouldn’t have any fear. We wouldn’t know how to process risk, thereby letting us go hug a bear or climb the highest cliff. But we do feel fear and in most cases, we’re smart […]

Doubt your fears

Depower them. Calm them with their own doubt. Fears are the mind killer. They taunt the lizard brain into fight or flight. They thrive on ‘what if’ scenarios that haunt the imagination. There are no limits to what the mind can fabricate. But the head is psychologically safe, psychologically sound. Fright tries to wrestle with […]

Define your fears instead of your goals

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. — Steven Pressfield, The War Of Art Echoing Seth Godin, “Habits are more important than fears.” Or as Tim Ferriss says, “Define your fears instead of your goals.”

Fear is never as bad as it seems

Most fears are irrational. When we let what we’re scared of drive our decision-making, we seek safety which mostly means inaction. Like algae, we prefer to stay local, isolated from the from the sun that feeds us with its light. So how can we get where we want to go when a constant state of […]

Business (un)usual 

Living on the edge is dangerous but that’s exactly why we pursue it: it makes us feel more alive. Being a thrill-seeker goes beyond Nascar and rock climbing. Anything that fills you with both anxiety confidence can make you feel more alive, like delivering a public speech. Sometimes it pays off to get our of your comfort zone, […]

Save the worry for later

Instapaper your worries. That is, save them for later. By the time you come back to them, they’ll only be important if they’re still on your mind. Anxiety is a trigger, one that works to benefit you. You’ll continue to think about the exam if you do nothing about it. Studying builds up your confidence and reduces […]

Rock climber Alex Honnold demonstrates how to dance with fear

The amygdala is the prehistoric part of our brain responsible for controlling fear and pleasure. It tells us when to flee from a dangerous situation such as when we see a lion in the jungle; it also encourages us to seek more of something whether that be social media likes or sex. But legendary solo […]

Seth Godin: ‘Dance With Fear’

Everyone has genius, it’s just that some people prefer to keep it caged. What holds people back is the fear that something might not work. Fear is in our DNA, literally in our amygdala or lizard brain. But most fears are false. So instead of fighting with fear, dance with it! What might not work […]

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