Personal Productivity

An enemy of action: Fear

AUTHOR: Francisco Sáez
Motivation Self-Improvement
"There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure" ~ Paulo Coelho??

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Fear is probably the greatest enemy when it comes to taking action. In many cases it prevents us from making major changes in our life (as change our career, start or finish a relationship, etc.), other times it doesn’t let us be ourselves, be honest or deal with someone. Day to day, it prevents us from perform some actions, or simply makes us put them off indefinitely.

If you don’t control fear then it will take control of your life. The quality of your life will be greatly affected and your ultimate goals won’t be achieved. Therefore, there are a few things you should know—remember—about fear:

  1. It’s part of human nature. In fact, it’s a survival mechanism that allows us to be alert to dangers. We have survived as a species because of fear. It’s established on the basis of our educational, regulatory and legal system (reward and punishment). So we can’t escape it, just try to turn it into positive energy. Just accept it.
  2. Most of our fears are unrealistic. They are caused by the perception of dangers that may be real or not. Therefore, they are often the result of feeding our imagination with negative images. We have to know when something is real and when we are worried about a possible consequence of a possible fact that has not even happened.
  3. Fear disappears when we face it. How many times have you avoided doing something you thought you couldn’t handle and you realized it wasn’t a big deal after doing it? You should do those things you are reluctant to do as soon as possible. In addtion to eliminating fear, when you make something happen, your self-confidence is strengthened to undertake other tasks. Action overcomes fear, resulting in a constant personal growth.
  4. Fear indicates progress. It shows you are doing new things, facing new challenges, improving, learning, growing…

Considering all this, it seems that fear is becoming a little irrelevant, doesn’t it?

You can live because of your fears, or you can face them and act in spite of them. Your choice.

In depth: How fear works (Julia Layton).

“The brave man is not he who doesn’t feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” ~ Nelson Mandela

Francisco Sáez

Francisco is the founder and CEO of FacileThings. He is also a Software Engineer who is passionate about personal productivity and the GTD philosophy as a means to a better life.

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