What do you think about the quote: feel the fear and do it anyway?
I actually like the idea, but in a different way than most; I like it because it respects fear.
Fear is as every bit as valid as joy, love, anger, and curiosity because, fear, like all emotion, is a teacher. The problem is that we don’t often take time to decode the messages.
Fear occurs for a very good—and usually a very simple—reason. It’s an alert that calls your attention to see if something you’re doing might be dangerous. So, when you feel the fear, before doing it anyway – have a look at what triggered the alarm. Most of the time the fear is a paper tiger – but sometimes not, so only after you’ve checked should you – do it anyway.
Your challenge is to think about that ‘thing’ that you’ve been putting off – working on a business plan, taxes, going to the gym, enrolling in school, whatever. Think of that ‘thing’ and feel the fear. Allow yourself to look at what’s got you scared, and if it seems a paper tiger, consider getting a move on. You’ll probably have an easier time getting started, too, because the fear won’t feel quite the same anymore.
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