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Fear is never as bad as it seems

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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 dread lies in our way?

When stuck in doubt, heed the words of Stoic philosopher Seneca the Younger: “We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” The amygdala exaggerates our anxieties.

If we’re courageous enough, we’ll say yes and do it anyway.

Fear is both natural and artificial; if used wisely, it can be the impetus for action.

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Business (un)usual 

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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, at least to remind us that we’re still awake, and can always do more than what we expected.

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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 your nervousness. Nevertheless, some worries are like inbox zero are excessive. Overthinking can often lead to overdoing, which falsely prioritizes unimportant things like answering every email.

Allay the fear by doing something about it (image from Thin Slices of Anxiety)

The longer you wait to tackle apprehension, the more anxious you’ll get. In fact, the feeling of procrastination is often worse than doing the actual work. Everything fades away once you get started, paving the way for a clearer future ahead.

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Rock climber Alex Honnold demonstrates how to dance with fear

Rock climber Alex Honnold demonstrates how to dance with fear
No 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 rock climber Alex Honnold may be immune to fear. That was the hypothesis until he allowed scientists to take an MRI of his brain to measure his fear levels.

It turns out that Honnold is predisposed to fear just like everybody else, but he has been so accustomed to facing worse case scenarios through visualization and experience, he is not only used to it; he knows what to do when he climbs into perilous situations. He is a so-called a “super sensation seeker,” one that puts fear in its place before it even makes him second guess himself.

“If you don’t have any fear to begin with, there’s a lot less to control.”

It reminded me of a little bit of Michael Jordan; he used to practice so hard that the games were often easier. Furthermore, it is the preparation — both physical and mental — that set up success and make some achievers appear godly.

If you want a brain like Honnold’s, you need be willing to dance with fear again and again. By moving toward your fear, you train your amygdala to be less reactive so you can just execute.

“You may not have the traits of a super sensation seeker, or be able to quench your amygdala on command, but with conscious effort and gradual, repeated exposure to what you fear, any one of us might muster courage that we didn’t know we had.”

Would you think twice?

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Seth Godin: ‘Dance With Fear’

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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 is worth risking because it just might be remarkable and help other people.

The good news is that our attempts are unlimited. The only guarantee is sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing about it.

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Doubters can be doers

  • Fear creates indecision and thwarts action.
  • Fear causes anxiety and kills brain cells.
  • Fear constrains freedom and the will to fight or run away.

The only way to face fear is to either accept it or face it again and again so that you become bored of it. Repetition weakens anxiety.

But eradicating fear is impossible and thereby never a goal. Audacity remains the only constant for taking control.

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear. – Mark Twain

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