What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Instead of running away from fear, we can use it to channel us and guide is towards what we need to do.

What then makes us run away from fear in the first place? It’s usually an uncomfortable situation. Or something we don’t want to do. And in most cases its well founded fear (ie don’t go close to the edge).

But in other cases the fear could be a big (or small) life decision and maybe fear can be a heuristic or gauge for if we are making the right decision.

Whats an example of this in practice? Hollywood.

Have you ever watched Inside the Actors Studio? The host, James Lipton, invariably asks his guests, “What factors make you decide to take a particular role?” The actor always answers: “Because I’m afraid of it.”

The War of Art

Now whenever I feel fear, I ask myself, “Is this well-founded fear or fear that I can use to help guide me; fear that I can embrace and utilize?”

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