1) Fear limits our ability to create something remarkable. And instead seduces us into thinking that it's okay to be average. That being noticed is for the privileged. So we carry on—sloppily. We carelessly go about doing subpar work that we know will be just 'good enough.' We hide behind our typos, our lack of activity, our bad attitude, our emotions, and our justifications:
- "We need more time to prepare."
- "It's the first of the month."
- "It's the end of the month."
- "They're in a meeting."
- "They just got back from a meeting."
- "I'm out of resources."
- "I didn't think to ask."
2) Fear stops us from allowing others to create something remarkable. And instead seduces us into thinking that success is a commodity. A limited resource. That there isn't enough to go around for all of us. So instead of directing our focus toward expanding, we ignorantly belittle, criticize, and diminish. We hide behind obsessively picking apart others' work instead of making ours better.
Fear isn't scary, but it can be damning.
Fortunately, we have a choice. We can either:
1) give in to that feeling of fear and let it stop our progress or the progress or others,
2) we can eat our fear. We can "use fear against itself." When we feel anxiety before we do something that is hard, let that feeling trigger action. Stop thinking. Stop doing whatever it is you are doing, and just act. In so doing, you will start earning the reputation of being fearless because you take action so quickly. When, in reality, you are acting based on fear just like everyone else. The difference is, now you know how to use it to your advantage.