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Fear - A Highly Motivating Emotion

Updated on September 19, 2008

Fear of failure. Fear of illness. Fear of loss. Fear of serial killers. Sharks. Falling. Small spaces. Fear of losing control. Of being fired. Of getting caught. Of death. Fear of car accidents. Fear of spiders. Fear of exposure. Fear of financial ruin. Fear of commitment. Fear of being alone. Fear of fucking up.

I do not understand why so many people are afraid to admit they are scared. But I guess that is another fear all its own.

Fear makes us think, and react, and plan. Fear inspires us to insulate, to secure, to grow.

Like most things, too much of anything is unhealthy. Fear can be overwhelming and crippling.

Use your fear. Don't let it overtake you. But use it when you can. Use your fear to learn and plan your life.

Afraid of financial ruin? Good. Save, invest, keep your credit cards under control, shop different banks and investment opportunities. Insure. Plan.

Afraid of insects? Good. Keep your house clean. Inspect for termites.

Afraid of being alone? Excellent. Work at you relationships. Be a good friend. Be the kind of friend people value and hold on to.

Where you can, let your fear motivate you into making your life a good place.

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    Veronica 9 years ago from NY

    Thank you AFD, et al. It was a different type of piece for me, 'thought I'd try something new. I'm glad you got something out of it.

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    AFD 9 years ago

    This kind of piece is sort of out of the ordinary for you. I really liked it.

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    barold 9 years ago

    I like the idea of control you suggest, turning something negative into something positive. There is truth in this. thank you

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    name 10 years ago

    Powerful article. You're right, fear is such a strong motivator. Make something positive out of something negative.

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    Veronica 10 years ago from NY

    Thanks! I saw that show and found it very inspirational, especially the segment with Reichen Lehmkuhl, Lance Bass's ex.

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    Tyra Fan 10 years ago

    Tyra Banks Show did a show about fear. All kinds of fears. It only focused on the negative aspects of fear though. I think this is good article to use fear for good things instead of to hurt yourself. Tyra show was good but.

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    Jam 10 years ago

    this was beautiful. it was almost like a poem. i have so many fears and never saw them this way before. i am really impressed with your strength. i have beenreading for 2 years. there is so much truth and beauty in all your Words