Become happier and more successful by befriending fear!

Become happier and more successful by befriending fear!

via by Peter Economy 

“Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson stands to be one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the nineteenth century. Chances are, you encountered his work in your high school classroom and perhaps even in a college lecture or two. If you remember nothing else about Emerson, the one thing you should keep in mind is his stance on fear–it gets in the way.

As Emerson suggests, many people succumb to fear before they even get a chance to really start going after what they want. Before they could ever actualize their dreams, fear stopped them from getting into the game in the first place.

So what is there to do? Keep fighting fear? Hope it goes away? Here’s an alternative–embrace it. Here are 3 easy ways to do just that.

1. Recognize it

If you want to utilize fear in a positive manner, you must first recognize when you’re feeling it, without being ashamed. When we consistently ignore our feelings or pretend that they do not exist, there is not much that you can do to tackle any problem that you refuse to believe is there. Instead, know that being afraid is completely normal for everyone…

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