Never strive to eliminate fear from your life – fear is healthy!

21 thoughts on “Never strive to eliminate fear from your life – fear is healthy!”

    1. I agree, Maggie – it’s one of the best motivators that exist in my humble opinion. In a very real way it keeps us all honest and on the straight-and-narrow. Sometimes, we humans need that! 🙂

  1. Fear is everywhere! Nothing is safe or sure or for granted. That is indeed basic fact of life we need to accept.

    In some cases, we can deal with it very well: our health is one such an example, driving a car, having a so called stable job.

    And then there is the fear we have more: Is it safe to trust the 4pct withdrawal rule, is it safe to change job (my mom ask me that each time) is it safe to go freelance (ongoing discussion with my wife).

    So, kudos to you for making the jump! mine is planned for 2029

    1. Wonderfully stated, and I agree completely. The reality of life is nothing is guaranteed, and those who refuse to accept that do so at their own peril.

      Congrats for establishing your escape date. It’s a truly awesome goal to work towards!

    1. It was a huge thing for me as well, Penny. Especially right out of collage, I had a very strange sense of “I need to control everything”, and that very seriously clouded the way that I looked at life. It’s a constant battle, for sure! 🙂

  2. I’m a big fan of this quote from Frank Herbert’s Dune:

    “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

    I’ve always interpreted that as meaning that we shouldn’t seek to eliminate or avoid fear. The trick is to learn to control it and use it to our advantage. As you said, it’s been essential to human survival and there’s a very good reason that we still have it.

    Excellent post.

  3. Great topic. No doubt that fear can be a useful tool. My experience has been fear helps me with my focus. It helps to identify what the issue/problem is and identify potential courses of action. The lack of fear, or a challenging environment, has the potential of taking away the edge, making someone too fat and too happy.

    1. Thanks for your comment, James. I can definitely see where fear can help keep focus and shooting towards a reasonable and achievable target. Excellent point.

  4. I like this, fear should be recognized, acknowledged, appreciated, interpreted, etc. Just see it’s relevance and not be paralyzed or controlled by it.

    Harness it and use it, or move forward in spite of it.

    Great Article

    1. Thanks Steven, appreciate your kind words. Hardness and use it, absolutely. Those who don’t do so at their own peril. Thanks again for reading!

  5. Such a good topic! The thing I struggle the most with is that I like to take on all of these fears so that I can always be super prepared for basically anything, and can have as many contingencies in place as the situations warrant. BUT, it’s tough to face that stuff head-on without also sort of wallowing in the fear itself. A balance I’m still working on!

    1. Thanks ONL! It’s very true that this is all a balancing act. I can definitely tell that you are a very prepared person and want to make sure your bases are covered. Nothing wrong with that! My wife is the same way. I probably need to work on covering MORE of my own bases. 🙂

  6. Love this post, Steve! I agree. Fear can be healthy but often people let it grow uncontrolled into limiting beliefs. I wish our school system taught our young ones more about emotional intelligence in general and strategies on how to overcome fears that limit our potential.

    1. Thanks Michael. There is a lot that I wish our school system taught our youngsters. This is one of those things. Basic compound interest is another. 🙂

    1. Yup, it’s that level of anxiety that keeps us from jumping. But with very few exceptions, we tend to appreciate the fact that we jumped in the end. 🙂

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