Fear Is Good

Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.

Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.

Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.
                                          ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

I don’t really have much to add to something so beautifully written and true. Whatever we do this year, I hope it scares the heck out of us. And then I hope we go ahead and do it anyway. As my husband once said about driving cars at high speeds on a race track, “if you aren’t scaring yourself at least once during each lap, you aren’t pushing hard enough.” An apt metaphor for life in general, and for the creative part of us just itching to be let out into the world in particular.

Author Elizabeth Gilbert posted this yesterday about her stance against fearlessness. It’s a great read and reminder to befriend our fear and let it come along for the ride without allowing it to choose the route. Good stuff.

Here’s to a fear-tinged, swing-for-the-fences-anyway 2015!

About Chris DeVinney

Me in a nutshell: mom, writer, former lobbyist, wife, volunteer, lover of music and art, massive fan of traveling, and something of a smart ass. A typical INTJ, I quietly observe anyone and anything that comes into my orbit, squirreling away material for future essays. These days I spend my time writing about whatever interests me (both professionally and personally) and trying to strike the balance between taking care of kids/family/house/pets and me. Occasionally I nail it, hang on to it briefly, and then scramble back toward the center when the tipping starts again. I know, it’s a common story.
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