Fear can be used as fuel to get things done. Let’s talk about fear productively.
The oxford dictionary describes fear as “afraid of someone or something that’s likely to be dangerous, painful, or threatening”.
The Smithsonian Magazine mentions that “fear reaction starts in the brain and spreads through the body to make adjustments for the best defense or flight reaction. The fear response starts in a region of the brain called the amygdala. This almond-shaped set of nuclei in the temporal lobe of the brain is dedicated to detecting the emotional salience of the stimuli – how much something stands out to us.”
Here is how you can use fear as fuel, according to Brian Tracy (Author and self-development guru):
- Identify the fear.
For example. I’m afraid to do Instagram lives, so I keep saying next week because I’m afraid I’m going to look like a fool and something will go work technically.
- Replace your negative thoughts with positive thoughts.
I’m a big believer and I’ve seen it work in my life to address negative thoughts with positive thoughts. For instance, instead of saying “I’m too tired to work out”, I can go for a 30-minute walk at any pace that I would like.
- Get out of your comfort zone.
Getting out of your comfort zone can be scary but you really cannot grow in a stagnated stage.
- Face your fear.
Facing your fear can give you more confidence by knowing you can do it anyway despite your fear.
I believe that acknowledging your fear and taking action helps you to get things done and not let fear stop you from being your best.