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Fear

Fear

Your negative inner dialogue usually results in one thing, instilling fear. It can make you afraid to approach some you are attracted to. It can make you afraid to speak to your boss or take risks at work. You must overcome your fears.

One method to overcome fear is to consider the downside. What happens if you take action and the worse happens? For example, imagine you are afraid to speak to someone you are attracted to. We’ve probably all been that situation. Ask yourself what is the worst that happen. The other person rejects you. That is not that drastic of an outcome. When viewed from the negative perspective there is almost nothing to lose.

However, you may find that this leads you only to consider the negatives. It’s also important to consider the positives. Sometimes there may be significant consequences of an action. But the rewards may outweigh those risks. If you only consider the negative you may not take action.

Another method for overcoming fear is just to force your way through the fearful situation. For example, imagine steep trail or winding stair. You may be fearful of falling, but you can simply grit your teeth an proceed regardless of fear. There is a old Arabic proverb that says “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.” Think of this as the fear is nagging at you to stop but you push forward anyway.

Fear Profits a Man Nothing

The video is from the movie The Thirteenth Warrior. It is an adaptation of the Michael Crichton book The Eaters of Dead. This book is based on the Scandinavian saga of Beowulf.

In order to set the scene, Beowulf and his companions have come to the great hall Herot. They anticipate a night raid by Grendol, or in the Crichton book and move the Wendol. The enemy has not yet been encountered, and at this time is a unknown foe.

Two of Beowulf party are Ahmad ibn Fadlan and Herger the joyous. Ahmad ibn Fadlan is Arab ambassador sent to the lands of the North men and through circumstance alone has found himself in foreign land in a terrible situation. Herger the Joyous is a viking and thane of Beowulf.

The group prepares to spend the night in the hall. They anticipate an attack be the unknown foe. The vikings appear to going to sleep. Ahmad ibn Fadlan has the rather understandable reaction of asking how can Herger sleep knowing the attack is coming. Herger replies

The All-Father wove the skein of your life a long time ago. Go and hide in a hole if you wish, but you won’t live one instant longer. Your fate is fixed. Fear profits a man nothing.

Herger has stated simply that Ahmad ibn Fadlan is in the situation he’s in. Dwelling on the fear of what may happen is pointless. You’ll gain nothing from fear.

It is interesting that Herger’s calm comes from a sense of determinism. Your fate is fixed says that if today is your day to die, it will happen regardless of your actions. Or perhaps that fate has already considered the actions you will take. Herger attributes the fate to the all-father, which is Odin or God who laid out Ahmad’s life and death when he was born. In modern scientific form it can be said that there is no time and the future is no less real as the past. The movement of every participle in space-time is fixed and there is no free will.

Deep Rotting Fear

The video is from the movie Apocalypto. A father instructs his son not to live with fear in the following monologue,

Fear. Deep rotting fear. They were infected by it. Did you see? Fear is a sickness. It will crawl into the soul of anyone who engages it. It has tainted your peace already. I did not raise you to see you live with fear. Strike it from your heart. Do not bring it into our village.

Fear is the Little Death

The video is from the movie Dune. The main character uses a mantra to overcome fear. He is using is concious mind to repeat a phrase to calm the subconscious. It is called the litany against fear.

I won’t repeat actual text here since it is from a work of fiction. But you can use a phrase personally meaningful to overcome fear. Repeat it to yourself when you feel afraid.

The Power of Compounding

The Power of Compounding

The plan

Compounding

You are probably aware of the concept of compound interest.  It is a financial concept and it is defined as follows

Compound interest is the addition of interest to the principal sum of a loan or deposit, or in other words, interest on interest. It is the result of reinvesting interest, rather than paying it out, so that interest in the next period is then earned on the principal sum plus previously-accumulated interest.

The heart of the idea is that continued little increments plus time can make significant changes.  This same principal can be applied to other things.  This is compounding.  You make a commitment to do some small step toward self improvement.  You do it daily, without fail.  Persistence is the main factor of success.

For example, imagine you wanted to get in better shape.  You could do 10 push ups a day.  In a week you’d have done 70 push ups.  In a month 300.  What do you think that would do for your body?

Or imagine you wanted to reduce stress and improve your mental state.  You could begin meditating for 15 minutes a day.  15 minutes is not much, but over time the effect could be tremendous.  In a month your stress and cortisol levels could drop significantly.

The first 30 minutes of day

The average day can get hectic very quickly.  It may be difficult to find time to focus on even a small self improvement task.  The solution is to use the first 30 minutes of your day for these tasks.  This will be before the phone starts ringing and before the emails start piling up.

You may need to set your alarm 30 minutes ahead to get the time.  If you do, that time will be yours.

Here are some examples of what you could do in that 30 minutes

  • Going over the things you are grateful for to improve your outlook
  • 10 pushups or similar exercise to get in better physical shape
  • Writing down your thoughts, reflections or diary
  • review your a list of things your want to accomplish for the day, or review your goals
  • meditation

What separates successful people from unsuccessful?

The following is a TED Talk from Claudiu Moldovan.  He talks about compounding.  The title of his talks says it separates the successful from the unsuccessful.