Karen Thompson Walker: What fear can teach us. The Remarkably Simple Way to Turn Fear Into Success. All of us experience fear now and then.
Fear is the Root of Your Problems : zen habits. By Leo Babauta Every problem you or I have (and they are many, small and large), is rooted in fear.
For some, that might seem obvious: the question is how to beat the fears. For others, it’s not so self-evident: why are my financial or relationship or procrastination problems caused by fear? Let’s tackle both questions — the Why and the How. First the Why: think about each problem you have, and then think about why you have the problem. Why Fear of Discomfort Might Be Ruining Your Life. By Leo Babauta Think about the major problems in your life — from anxiety to lack of regular exercise to a bad diet to procrastination and more.
Pretty much every one of these problems is caused by a fear of discomfort. Discomfort isn’t intense pain, but just the feeling you get when you’re out of your comfort zone. Eating vegetables for many people, for example, brings discomfort. So does sitting in meditation, or sitting with a hard task in front of you, or saying No to people, or exercising. And most people don’t like discomfort. The problem is that when you run from discomfort all the time, you are restricted to a small zone of comfort, and so you miss out on most of life. Amazingly, the simple act of being OK with discomfort can solve all these problems. The Fear of Being Alone. ‘All men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.’
~Blaise Pascal By Leo Babauta. 4 Things to Remember When Fear is Holding You Back. Tara, wow!
Beaitifully written, powerful, thank you for sharing, and blessed be…xo I only wish I learned all this about fears a few months back. I have been able to recognize, but only recently, how much fear is holding me back. And as of just 2 weeks ago, I began making my plan of moving forward. FYI, this will be lengthy, but I hope this helps even just one orher parent out there…. Three years ago my 16 year old and I had a huge argument. In 2014 I approached her and said, “I wasn’t your hero anymore, I was a screw up. “Mom, I know you didn’t mean to lose your job on purpose in the first place. She was there everyday because she couldn’t bare being at “home” anymore.
Fear of Failure. Fear of Intimacy. Fear Of Missing Out. Procrastinating. Anxiety. Mindful Emotion Regulation. 6 Famous Artists Talk About What It’s Like to Overcome Fear and Create Beauty. Long before I was publishing articles for the world to read, I wrote in a private document.
I did this for more than a year. There were a variety of reasons and excuses that I used to rationalize why I wasn’t sharing my writing with others, but in many ways it boiled down to fear. Here’s what I didn’t realize at the time: fear isn’t something that must be avoided. It is not an indicator that you’re doing things wrong. Fear is simply a cost that all artists have to pay on the way to doing meaningful work. Obviously, not everything that is thought or written or created needs to be shared.
However, if you have a story inside of you, I think you should share it. With that in mind, here are six passages from famous authors, actors, and artists on overcoming fear and unleashing your creativity. Fear Tells Us What We Have to Do Are you paralyzed with fear? In the beginning, it is more important to start than it is to succeed. Start Small Run to the Roar. 6 Ideas That are Changing the Way I Experience Fear. I sat in my car next to the tennis courts watching other people arrive.
My hands shook and my stomach churned. I told myself I would get out of my car and walk onto the courts the second the clock on the dashboard switched to 8:30. I had just joined a meetup group and was at the park that morning to play tennis for the first time in years with people I had never met. And I was terrified. It seems silly to be afraid of such a little thing like meeting people to play a game. I have often let the fearful part of me have a dominant voice. Fearlessness: 3 Things You Can Learn From Special Ops And Navy SEALS - Barking Up The Wrong Tree. “One-man army.”
It’s a phrase that gets thrown around lightly. But for 7 hours, Hector Cafferata was exactly that. On November 28, 1950 during the Korean war, the then 21-year-old took on an entire regiment of Chinese soldiers, defending his group of badly wounded friends. He did it in 30 degrees-below-zero-weather while in his socks. He had only his eight shot M1 Garand and when grenades were thrown at him he batted them away with a shovel. I’m going to repeat that: Via Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool: For the next seven hours, Cafferata became a one-man fighting force. At 85 years old, Cafferata, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, offered a succinct statement on his perspective toward such challenging scenarios.