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If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
— Sun Tzu

I remember when I was taking my SAT exam a couple years back and one of my friends from elementary school happened to be in the same room as me. In fact, because both of our last names started with S, he ended up sitting right next to me. I asked my friend "are you scared?" and he responded with "fuck no, I live for this shit!” For some reason, I was a bit jealous of his outlook because I on the other hand had sweaty palms and my legs were having spasms. I ended up doing well on my SAT’S and I also figured out my friend was full of shit. 

Fear, that shit is real. People who say they’re not afraid are super afraid. You can’t live life without fear; in fact, if your not fearful in the actions you take you’re probably not taking worthy actions. Your not taking any risks, your living life in the “comfort zone” and that results in a much more dangerous fear down the road and helplessness. I believe, we shouldn’t label fear as anything bad, instead recognize it and deal with it. 

Fear will never go away, when you are put in unfamiliar situations, fear is inevitable. You cant be unafraid in new risks and ventures and if you say you are your lying. Fear exists, it can either take you over or you can realize that it exists and deal with it. I read in a book recently that the former mayor of New York, Ed Koch who was a magnificent speaker and had experience in dealing with angry people publicly was extremely fearful when he had to tap dance in front a crowd.  A person whose career depended on public speaking had severe anxiety and fear when he was asked to dance publicly. However, Koch like almost every single successful person in this world recognized his fear and did the dance anyway. The only way to get past the fear of doing something (the fear never goes away your just getting past it) is to just do it. The only way to feel better about yourself is to go out and do it. I’ll talk more about my shitty writing and myself. I FEAR posting these articles. The feedback I get is nerve wrecking because sometimes I get no feedback at all and that means nobody probably read it or found it useful. I also feared having horrible writing skills and loosing credibility because of all the grammar mistakes I make however, I got past that fear. Every time I write one of these articles that fear still lurks around in my head, but I don’t care anymore because the feeling I get after completing one of these articles surpasses any amount of fear I feel beforehand. The fear I have when I don’t write any articles, the feeling of distress I receive when I’m not writing these articles, surpasses the fear I have regarding the quality of my writing. 

Your fear is never going away. Push through your fears and complete the task anyways, that’s the only way the fear decreases in intensity.I recommend reading Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers. If you’re not experiencing fear, your not pushing yourself hard enough. Hustlin, is some scary shit

 

 

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