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Key to Defeating Fear: Don't Try to Kill It

Your goal should never be to eliminate fear from your life—that would be counterproductive. Having fear is what makes you relatable, shows you care and makes you human. Whether it’s pursuing musical stardom, launching an entrepreneurial venture, or writing a book (wink wink)—anything worth doing requires that you partner up with fear first. Fear is the signal that you’re on the right path to achieving greatness. This is because anything that will make you better has an imaginary contractual agreement attached to it. That agreement has a clause in it that states:

If you undertake this [enter activity/decision/journey here], there’s a chance you may temporarily experience one or more of the following:

- Failure

- Rejection

- Disappointment

- Embarrassment

- Grief

- Anxiety

- Isolation

- A drop in confidence

- Depression

- Panic

- Hopelessness

The thought that your decision may temporarily result in one or more of those emotional ramifications is what keeps us from doing the things that make life worth living.

Biologically speaking, the feelings for anticipating success and fear of failure are nearly identical. Consider the task of conducting a speech to a group of 50: Fear will make you perceive this situation as threatening and you'll look to do whatever is necessary to avoid the potential stress of conducting the speech. An optimist will see the speech as an opportunity to showcase their achievements and inspire an eager audience. Both are nervous, but only one turns that nervousness into something beneficial.

FEAR = CARE = MOTIVATION FOR SUCCESS

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