Fear is just like a virus. It’s contagious, spreads easily through the weak and unprepared, and can destroy your goals and even your life if you allow it overcome you.
In times like these, were life is uncertain and in a state of flux, fear thrives. People panic and make decisions without thinking, following every impulse and being reduced to a wild animal.
People were fighting over toilet paper. Toilet paper.
Back when I was in middle school, there was a clothing brand called No Fear. I thought this was a dumb name, is no fear implies no concern – just someone who is completely reckless. You wouldn’t last that long without some fear.
So fear has it’s place in keeping us safe. A little fear keeps children from touching a hot pan, crossing the street without supervision, or approaching strangers – all things that can be dangerous. But when fear gets too big, it goes from being a warning to a debilitating state of mind. Just like when confidence gets overblown without being checked, you can become arrogant and overconfident. So like most things, a good balance is needed.
I believe what is important is to always rationalize your fears. Whenever you find yourself with fear, think about why:
- Break down what is causing the fear
- Think of all the possible consequences that could happen
- Assign the probabilities of said consequences occurring
- What preparations can you make to fend off the worst case scenarios
Once you have these things written down, you will find that the state of fear diminishes greatly from one of panic to one of caution. Then just take the actions you need to be prepared.
It’s simple, but being emotionally overwhelmed can cause you to lose focus and panic. Follow the above steps and it should help guide you through the storm.
What do you think? Do you agree or disagree?
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