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How To Conquer Fear, Backed By Research


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It’s All About Control

When we feel in control, we’re not afraid. When we have a level of comfort with something, it’s not scary.

Anything that gives you a feeling of control over your situation helps you keep your cool.

Without a feeling of control, when stress gets high we literally can’t think straight.

Summary of how to conquer fear:

  • Spend time thinking about your fears. Envision them as vividly as possible.
  • Make it worse. Yup, take them to the extreme. It won’t kill you. Just sit there with them.
  • Gradually expose yourself to your fears. Don’t just imagine them. Slowly get closer and closer to experiencing the real thing.
  • Prepare. Use your visualizing to guide you on how to prep and make sure the worst never happens.

You don’t need to be fearless. (Parents take note: fearless kids are more likely to become criminals.)

But what you do need to do is laugh. Humor provides a powerful buffer against stress and fear.

I’ve talked to Navy SEALs, Army Rangers and Special Forces. And they all said humor is key.

Face your fears. Prepare for them. And don’t forget to laugh. Fear is usually worse than what we’re afraid of.

As Bertolt Brecht said:

Do not fear death so much, but rather the inadequate life.

I'm thinking that public speaking with an audience and peeing myself and YouTube is an awesome experiment - Who wants to do it with me??

We can make it a webisode  ;-)

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