I have a frenemy in my life. His name is Fear.
Anyone who knows me knows that I’m always talking about conquering fear, so it’s strange for me to call fear a frenemy, implying that, to some extent, fear is a friend.
Now don’t get me wrong, fear sucks — but I need a healthy amount of fear in my life. Fear is that voice that keeps me in check to some extent.
Fear is the voice that lets me know that I’m doing something challenging.
You can’t be too comfortable in your creative and business pursuits. A little fear lets you know that you’re doing something different. You’re adventuring into new territory.
The dark side of this is that if you don’t keep fear in check, it can rule you.
Do you ever do any of the following:
- Not take a risk or try something new because of what could happen.
- Not follow through on your big idea because you feel like you can’t do it.
- Diagnose yourself, life, business with the worst case scenario outcome without evidence.
In these cases, fear is ruling you, you are not ruling fear.
Here’s how I keep fear in check in my life: I act.
The more I dwell in my head, the more likely I am to let fear beat me up. So I must take action.
I have the following quote on my office door:
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Get out and get busy.”
— Dale Carnegie.
How do you give life your all while keeping fear in check? Is there a place for fear in your life?