October 23, 2020

Use Fear to Your Advantage

“We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.”
— Seneca

Fear is a part of human nature. You can’t avoid it entirely. You’re never going to completely eliminate your fear, so you have to use it to your advantage instead.

Start by letting go of the things you can’t control. You can’t control everything no matter how much you try, but if you stay afraid, if you stay anxious, you’ll stay frozen in place. Let go and start moving forward.

Next, start fearing the things you can control. Fear failure. Fear boredom. Fear mediocrity. Fear being 90 years old and looking back with regret because you didn’t take action.

That healthy fear will give you the motivation you need to continuously improve. That fear will get you out of bed when you want to sleep 15 more minutes. That fear will help you push through when the going gets tough.