Dealing With Fear – Terror Is Part Of The Thrill – Part One Of Two

Darren Hardy - The Entrepreneur Rollercoaster - Dealing With Fear - Part One

“The Activities You Are Most Afraid Of Are The Activities That Can Cause A Breakthrough In Your Success. Step Into Them.” – Darren Hardy, SUCCESS Magazine


( Click here for part two of this article titled – 6 Brain Hacks To Conquer Fear )


For most people, fear is the only thing standing in the way of success. It is unfortunate. With most cases, fear is nothing more then an illusion of the mind. It causes us to worry about situations and outcomes that often never occur. It causes most people to become paralyzed or stuck doing mundane tasks in avoidance of the thing they “fear”. Little do most people know that everything you want in life is often just on the other side of completing that feared task, making that call, initiating that conversation, asking for that sale. We all experience fear, great leaders included, and we should all embrace it. In part one of this two part article on dealing with fear,  let’s look at what fear really is. This great information can be found in the book The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy, the founder of Success Magazine.

Dealing With Fear – The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster

Fear is part of the journey – Enjoy it! 

” Unable to see what’s ahead, it’s impossible to prepare yourself for what comes next. The unexpected turns and drops feel more severe, and the speed feels dangerous, life-threatening even – always plunging into the unknown and facing (seeming) certain doom.

This of course, is exactly what it feels like to be an entrepreneur. 

You Have Unlimited Potential – We All Experience Fear

” Most people never live up to the potential they have been given. The results they product and the life they experience are only a tiny fraction of what they are truly capable of. Why? What stops us?

Only one thing: fear.

Fear can stifle, block, and bury your potential. Most people who never step up to ride the entrepreneur roller coaster resist because they believe that entrepreneurs are fearless, courageous risk-takers who never doubt themselves.

They couldn’t be further from the truth.

Every great entrepreneur starts out scared. Every one. Richard Branson started out scared. Bill Gates started out scared. So did every seemingly heroic figure who makes it to the cover of SUCCESS. One hundred percent of them started out scared. “

Embrace Fear – Have Courage 

” Courage is not the absence of fear – it’s feeling the fear and proceeding anyway. As Nelson Mandela said, “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but the who conquers that fear.”

The entrepreneurs who make it are brave not because of the absence of fear, but because they put one foot in front of the other and face down the fear every day.

So how do you do it? it begins with understanding what’s really going on when you feel fear. “

Fear Is Not Real – What Is Really Happening

” Sure, it feels real – the pounding heart, knowing knees, and sweaty palms. Those are real enough symptoms, but the thing we’re actually afraid of is an illusion, an invention of the mind.

Ultimately, a spider can’t make you scared. A prospecting call can’t make you scared. The only thing that can make you scared is how your mind interprets those things. Fear is a phenomenon that resides entirely within your own brain. It’s the mind that gives every interpretation meaning – it’s your mind that conjures the negative emotion.

Fear itself doesn’t actually exist.

Fear is not real.

This is why one person can look over the edge of a cliff and be gripped by a fear of heights while another funds great joy in cliff-diving or jumping out of an airplane. The reality is the same, but the mind’s interpretation and the emotion is generates are different.

Two people can be looking at the same dog- a German Shepherd, let’s say- sitting there quietly. One person sees it, interprets threat and danger, and feels fear. The other person sees the dog and interprets affection, tenderness, and protection. Instead of fear, this person feels love. The same dog, but two wildly different interpretations and emotional responses- all generated exclusively by the mind. “

It’s Our Ancient Brain

” What we call “modern times” make up the last 6,000 years or so, dating back to the start of recorded history. Six millennia may seem like a long time, but mankind has been around for much, much longer.

For hundreds of thousands of years before that – what we might call “primitive times” – humans were still around but under very different circumstances.

During those primitive years, our brains had to be on constant alert in order to protects us from some serious threats – lions and cougars hidden in the brush, leopards stalking from the trees, even attacks from neighboring tribes. With danger lurking behind every corner, it was the humans with the brains that best monitored and most quickly responded to threats who survive to reproduce. If you were slow on the threat-sensing, you were lunch. The stakes were high, and by necessity, as a species we became vergood at identifying threats and responding to them.

In today’s times we are not under the same sort of constant mortal threat in our day-to-day environment. But much of our primitive brain is still here, operating at full throttle. It’s still doing its job, triggering the same nervous system responses to threats. The only problem is now, instead of lions and cougars and leopards, our nervous system has identified something else as a threat.

The fear and flight response signals the brain gave to our ancestors when they were face to face with a roaring lion are the same signals we now feel when we look at a telephone before making a prospecting call. The fear and panic brain response that was caused when a small warrior tribe attacked our ancient relatives is the very same brain response we feel when standing in front of a small group to give a presentation. The same nervous and alarm signals that the primitive brain gave our ancestors when they stood vulnerable and exposed on an open plain is the very same mechanism that is responsible for how we feel when we stand on stage in front of a large group.

This is why we have disproportionate fear responses to inane modern activities. We’re using a primitive tool to run a modern-day life.

And that means it’s time to modernize your brain. “


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