“Named must your fear be, before banish it you can.” — Yoda
“The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” – Joseph Campbell
“We suffer more in imagination, than in reality.” – Seneca
I’ve never read the book “Feel The Fear…and Do It Anyway” but the title alone seems like great advice.
However, before the “do it anyway” part, consider the timeless exercise of fear setting. It’s getting down on paper the worst fears in your head. The Stoics termed it “Premeditatio Malorum” or “the premeditation of evils.” For more on this, check out Tim Ferris’ article and excellent TED Talk here.
Two observations from doing the exercise:
One…Our worst fears are unlikely to occur, and if they do, we’ll recover. Somehow. Someway. We’re resilient!
Two…Whatever we fear most is usually the exact path we should take.
I’ve never regretted not facing my fears. Only trying to avoid them.
P.S. – Give the exercise a try. And share with me your observations. I’d love to hear back!