What is fear?


Wikipedia says that


Fear is an emotional response to a threat. It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of danger. Some psychologists such as John B. Watson, Robert Plutchik, and Paul Ekman have suggested that fear is one of a small set of basic or innate emotions. This set also includes such emotions as joy, sadness, and anger. Fear should be distinguished from the related emotional state of anxiety, which typically occurs without any external threat. Additionally, fear is related to the specific behaviors of escape and avoidance, whereas anxiety is the result of threats which are perceived to be uncontrollable or unavoidable.


What Is The Cost Of Fear?


Let me tell you what fear is.


Fear is continuing to stand still, even though your path is before you, because you don’t want to make a false step.

Fear is procrastinating to do a task, because you can’t control everything about its execution or outcome.

Fear is shying away from the negative opinion of others.

Fear is deferring and delaying your dreams.

Fear is False Evidence Appearing Real.


The signs of fear


When you are experiencing fear around a dream or goal, this is different from when you’re doubtful of an outcome. With fear, you have a stronger, deeper negative emotional response, especially if the goal is something that you really really want. You act irrationally in your attempt to evade the situation that’s causing your fear, and you often act in direct opposition to accomplishing the goal itself. Whereas doubt around an outcome may be mere reluctance, hesitation, or skepticism. You’ll still get it done – although when  your mind is in a doubtful state, you’ll probably manifest doubtful results.


Fear is something I struggle with personally. I like to think its the fear of success, but honestly, the type of fear I feel doesn’t matter. I will find all sorts of reasons why a goal is not possible – I don’t know the right people, I don’t have the money, I’m too old, I’m too young, and on and on. I’ll rationalize it perfectly in my mind and it’ll make so much sense. But deep down all of this side-stepping doesn’t negate the deep desire I have in my heart.


This is one area where I find it helpful to have those things that motivate me, such as inspiring books, audio MP3s, websites and quotes. Also, this is a prime example of having solid friends backing you, because my close friends don’t hesitate to pull my card and don’t allow me to BS about a dream. In their own way they support me and encourage me to keep going when I’m feeding into the fear. And most important is actually knowing why you want to accomplish that goal. The end result will shine like a beacon light ahead of you when you lose your way. You just have to practice mustering the strength to step back on the path you already set out on.


One of the principles that I rely on lately is the thought that I never want to look back on my life and say “I wish I would’ve done that.” Regret is a stronger negative emotion for me than fear. It boils down to another way to motivate myself to press on. There are so many external factors that hold us back in life; you don’t want the thing that stands between you and your accomplishments to be your own mind.


The cost of fear


After all, the cost of fear is high.


Fear will leave you stranded in the same ‘box’ that others put you in.

Fear will multiply and grow, and the fear you felt at meeting new people will turn into fear of leaving your home, fear of criminals out to harm you and other magnified fears.

Fear will leave you unhealthy, unhappy and broke.

Fear will leave you as a shell of the intelligent, ambitious woman that you are inside.


None of these places are where I want to be. I’ve seen the cost of fear in my own life and as hard as it is, I know I must march through it. So what is fear costing you? Tell me how you’ve overcome a fear, or the ways in which you’re currently working through a fear you have.