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Defeat Fear

David Reeveby David Reeve @ Fully Managed™
Posted 2 years ago

Believe it or not most people run their life from a place of fear. They base their decisions and therefore their actions around the "what if it goes wrong scenario" instead of the "what if it goes right" scenario (Optimism).

You have to look no further than advertising in North America to see this. North American advertising is 100% based on fear and consumption. Don't believe me...just watch any TV commercial and tell me if I am wrong.

Even the ones that appear "optimistic" have an element of fear based in them if you do not use their product/service in some way.

So how do you defeat fear and how do you act from a place without fear?

Here is the best story I have ever read about defeating fear and it is by Pema Chodron.

HOW TO DEFEAT FEAR

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn't want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave instructions for the battle.

The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, "May I have permission to go into battle with you?"

Fear said, "Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission."

Then the young warrior said, "How can I defeat you?" 

Fear replied, "My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don't do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don't do what I say, I have no power." In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear.


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