"So first of all, let me assert my belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
Sometimes I think fear gets a bad rap. No one likes being afraid. But what if we were to recognize that fear can be our friend? After all, I rely on fear to keep me out of bad neighborhoods and dangerous situations. Can fear actually be helping us to break out and be daring?
Fear identifies important opportunities. Do you shake in terror at the thought of presenting at a meeting or to your boss? Good. Fear is telling you that the stakes are high and this matters. Listen to fear.
Fear motivates us to action. No one wants to stay in a state of fear, so we tend to do something about it. We prepare, we listen, we grow, we dare. Act on fear.
Fear makes us confident. When you do something that scares you, you become stronger. Your confidence builds and you attempt greater things the next time. Succeed with fear.
The fear FDR spoke of is useless fear, fear that is our enemy. Fear that stops us from being successful through retreat.
Convert your retreat into an advance by listening to fear, acting on fear, and succeeding with fear.