“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” – Ambrose Redmoon
Fear doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Fear of failing, of being criticized or of losing, will make you double check your work and make sure it is right. It will compel you to work harder and longer than you would in its absence.
Fear is only dangerous when it stops you from working harder.
What happens when we get afraid?
When you are afraid our “reptilian” brain sets in, the fight or flight mechanism. It stops us from rational thought and solution based thinking.
When the fear is something less concrete than a bear attacking your mind doesn’t know what to do with the fear and you freeze.
That is why we often react to a pressing situation by doing nothing. When we get overwhelmed with things to do, instead of working on completing them we turn on the TV and try to zone out.
How to solve this problem
By focusing on solutions you can turn off the reptilian brain. Since the reptilian brains job is to offer us a solution (fight or flight) you can turn it off by finding an alternative solution.
Stop focusing on the problem itself and try to find a solution to the problem and take action on it.
3 steps of solution based thinking
1. Visualize your ideal outcome
Focusing on a problem doesn’t help, think about how you would want it to be solved, it gives you clarity, distance and gives you a chance to change it.
2. List everything you could do to find a solution to the problem.
3. Take action.
Nothing ever happens until you make it happen.
What do you do now?
Don’t be afraid of fear, let it help you, help you focus and help you get things done.
Don’t let it control you, focus on solutions and channel your fear into working harder, harder than ever before.
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