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Can Fear be a Motivator?

Fear is our brain’s way of protecting us by telling us to STOP what we’re about to do.  Our first reaction is to run away to save ourselves from the perceived threat.  However, it’s important to evaluate why we’re feeling afraid.  There are many situations that make our brain react as though there’s a threat.  Pretty much any new situation will cause your body discomfort.  If you’re about to jump off a cliff, you may want to decide against doing it.  In this case, it’s best to just walk back down.  Chances are, there’s nothing good at the bottom of that cliff.  But if you’re afraid of running that 5K, do it!  The chances of major injury are slim with this choice.  If you’re feeling afraid, it’s important figure out the pros and cons.  This is where risk vs. reward comes in to determine if it’s worth it.  

Depending on the situation, it can be paralyzing or motivating…Deer in the headlights reaction, so to speak.  When we face a situation that causes fear, we can do one of two things.  We can either let it keep us down or motivate us to grow.  If we put our minds to it, we can overcome any fear that may come our way.  Overcoming doesn’t mean we’ll never be afraid in a similar situation again.  It simply means that you pushed through it and saw the reward on the other side.

Can Fear Be A Motivator?

  • Signifies Importance of the Task Ahead:  If a situation or person scares you, that’s good!  That means they have some importance in your life or goals.  Think about it.  If it were something that is not important to you, you wouldn’t care.
  • Grow by Embracing Fear:  By overcoming fear, you grow.  It’s as simple as that.  Fear forces you to learn.  Whether it’s learning a new approach, or learning to not give a f@c!, fear teaches you a lesson…ALWAYS!
  • It’s Worth It:  What’s the worse that can happen when you confront fear?  If you analyze a fearful situation, you’ll often find that the worse case scenario is simply that you’ll “fail”.  If you do fall on your face, guess what, you’ll be in the same position you were before the attempt.  So, why not face fear in the eye?  What do you have to lose?

When was the last time you were afraid, but did IT anyway?  What was the situation?  How did it turn out?

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