I used to think fear would go away.

Like there would be this day when the clouds parted, angels would sing, and all of my fears would disappear in a instant.

But it doesn’t work that way.

Fear will always be there. And for good reason. I mean, imagine all of the dumb, irresponsible sh*t we would do if we had zero fear.

So in many ways, fear can be our friend. But when it comes to taking action on our goals and dreams, it can be a real pain in the booty as it does all it can to protect us from the imaginary horrors of the unknown.

Life takes courage. But as Ambrose Redmoon once wrote, “courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.”

I like how Dr. Srini Pillay explains this. Imagine a tug-of-war going on in your brain’s emotional center (the amygdala), with fear pulling on one side and hope on the other.

Due to your brain’s innate survivalist hardwiring, fear always has the unfair advantage. It’s the undisputed universal tug-of-war-in-your-noodle champion.

But when you choose to “bulk up” your hope by attending to positive outcomes, sticking to your intention, and getting the support you need to stay focused, the tide will turn. Hope and possibility become more important than the fear.

That’s how courage works.

Today on The Quote of The Day Show, Robert E. Grant discusses the endless possibilities that are available to you when you free your mind from fear.

As I mentioned above, I don’t think we’re ever “free” from fear. But the two tips Robert shares for overcoming it will certainly help you build your hope muscle. Tap the PLAY button above to listen in.

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