How To Live Fearlessly In The Frightening World Around You.

It’s hard to be bold when you are scared out of your mind. When you’re brain is panicking and you aren’t sure if you are  going to make it this time.
You’ve been there before.

It might have been a bad late-night experience, an unexpected call about the health of a family member, or a Tuesday morning business meeting where you found out you might not have a job for much longer.

It’s hard to catch your breath. Your mouth feels dry.  You need some space.  The walls feel like they’re closing in on you. And you just want to stop being confused and frightened.

You want things to be alright again.

And you’re not sure it’s even possible.  Or how it could even happen.

The truth is that you aren’t as powerless as you feel.  You don’t need to be as scared and hopeless as you think you are:

  1. Breathe.  Take a deep breath and hold it. — Before you do something stupid, you need to get back in control of the nonsense going on in your head. The same strategy that helps a mom deliver a baby can help you manage the pain and fear going on in your head.  Breathe.
  2. Stop reacting and start planning. — Don’t do anything just yet.  Even if the house is on fire around you, a smart plan is better than unfocused, frantic behavior.  No matter how bad things are force yourself to stop and think through what you “could” do next.
  3. Get going and stay going. — Once you have a plan in place, don’t look back. Start executing the details of your plan with the passion of a person possessed. You know how important every moment is so work smart and hard.  You can fix what’s broken if you make every moment count.
  4. Get angry. Take time for physical activity. — There is something “healing” about breaking a sweat.  It’s something that is in your control.  It makes you strong — not forever, but for long enough to remember what it’s like to conquer again.

Fear isn’t forever. It just feels that way.

What you’re going through – what you’re feeling – is just the nastiness of life.  It’s what happens sometimes.  Good people get bad news.

But you don’t have to live skittish, nervous, and scared out of your mind.  Life isn’t evil.  Or out to get you.

So be fearless. Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.

Look failure and doubt in the eye and try again.

Today is a new day.

0 Replies to “How To Live Fearlessly In The Frightening World Around You.”

  1. This is awesome. I know that a lot of people will let fear paralyze them. I am one of those people has done it recently. I am been so fearful about moving. I just realized that I need to get myself up and get going. Great article about how to over come fear and get moving again.

  2. This is awesome. I know that a lot of people will let fear paralyze them. I am one of those people has done it recently. I am been so fearful about moving. I just realized that I need to get myself up and get going. Great article about how to over come fear and get moving again.

  3. This is awesome. I know that a lot of people will let fear paralyze them. I am one of those people has done it recently. I am been so fearful about moving. I just realized that I need to get myself up and get going. Great article about how to over come fear and get moving again.

  4. This is awesome. I know that a lot of people will let fear paralyze them. I am one of those people has done it recently. I am been so fearful about moving. I just realized that I need to get myself up and get going. Great article about how to over come fear and get moving again.

  5. This is awesome. I know that a lot of people will let fear paralyze them. I am one of those people has done it recently. I am been so fearful about moving. I just realized that I need to get myself up and get going. Great article about how to over come fear and get moving again.

  6. This is awesome. I know that a lot of people will let fear paralyze them. I am one of those people has done it recently. I am been so fearful about moving. I just realized that I need to get myself up and get going. Great article about how to over come fear and get moving again.

  7. A very important part – plan and execute, don’t look back. I think the most difficult part is to work again with the same passion. Motivation takes such a beating that passion is just out of the window.

  8. A very important part – plan and execute, don’t look back. I think the most difficult part is to work again with the same passion. Motivation takes such a beating that passion is just out of the window.

  9. A very important part – plan and execute, don’t look back. I think the most difficult part is to work again with the same passion. Motivation takes such a beating that passion is just out of the window.

  10. A very important part – plan and execute, don’t look back. I think the most difficult part is to work again with the same passion. Motivation takes such a beating that passion is just out of the window.

  11. A very important part – plan and execute, don’t look back. I think the most difficult part is to work again with the same passion. Motivation takes such a beating that passion is just out of the window.

  12. A very important part – plan and execute, don’t look back. I think the most difficult part is to work again with the same passion. Motivation takes such a beating that passion is just out of the window.

  13. Hi DanGreat post! Fear is the complete opposite of faith, hence a great point you made being ‘stop reacting and start planning.’ Fear takes time to reason and to have a conversation with itself such as ‘what if? what would they say? What if I look foolish?’ Faith on the other hand gives you the best frame of mind that allows you to do the planning and make the right decisions. I love the note on which you ended, “Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.”

    1. Yvonne,
      You are brilliant. Such amazing sentiment. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your thoughts on this.

      Faith is such a different path than fear. No matter what comes your way faith keeps you alive.

      Dan

  14. Hi DanGreat post! Fear is the complete opposite of faith, hence a great point you made being ‘stop reacting and start planning.’ Fear takes time to reason and to have a conversation with itself such as ‘what if? what would they say? What if I look foolish?’ Faith on the other hand gives you the best frame of mind that allows you to do the planning and make the right decisions. I love the note on which you ended, “Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.”

    1. Yvonne,
      You are brilliant. Such amazing sentiment. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your thoughts on this.

      Faith is such a different path than fear. No matter what comes your way faith keeps you alive.

      Dan

  15. Hi DanGreat post! Fear is the complete opposite of faith, hence a great point you made being ‘stop reacting and start planning.’ Fear takes time to reason and to have a conversation with itself such as ‘what if? what would they say? What if I look foolish?’ Faith on the other hand gives you the best frame of mind that allows you to do the planning and make the right decisions. I love the note on which you ended, “Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.”

    1. Yvonne,
      You are brilliant. Such amazing sentiment. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your thoughts on this.

      Faith is such a different path than fear. No matter what comes your way faith keeps you alive.

      Dan

  16. Hi DanGreat post! Fear is the complete opposite of faith, hence a great point you made being ‘stop reacting and start planning.’ Fear takes time to reason and to have a conversation with itself such as ‘what if? what would they say? What if I look foolish?’ Faith on the other hand gives you the best frame of mind that allows you to do the planning and make the right decisions. I love the note on which you ended, “Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.”

    1. Yvonne,
      You are brilliant. Such amazing sentiment. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your thoughts on this.

      Faith is such a different path than fear. No matter what comes your way faith keeps you alive.

      Dan

  17. Hi DanGreat post! Fear is the complete opposite of faith, hence a great point you made being ‘stop reacting and start planning.’ Fear takes time to reason and to have a conversation with itself such as ‘what if? what would they say? What if I look foolish?’ Faith on the other hand gives you the best frame of mind that allows you to do the planning and make the right decisions. I love the note on which you ended, “Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.”

    1. Yvonne,
      You are brilliant. Such amazing sentiment. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your thoughts on this.

      Faith is such a different path than fear. No matter what comes your way faith keeps you alive.

      Dan

  18. Hi DanGreat post! Fear is the complete opposite of faith, hence a great point you made being ‘stop reacting and start planning.’ Fear takes time to reason and to have a conversation with itself such as ‘what if? what would they say? What if I look foolish?’ Faith on the other hand gives you the best frame of mind that allows you to do the planning and make the right decisions. I love the note on which you ended, “Get back up when you get knocked down. Go the distance.”

    1. Yvonne,
      You are brilliant. Such amazing sentiment. Thank you for being vulnerable enough to share your thoughts on this.

      Faith is such a different path than fear. No matter what comes your way faith keeps you alive.

      Dan

  19. This is great, Dan, and so on target. That fear gets us all- this gives us a tool to use when it comes.

  20. This is great, Dan, and so on target. That fear gets us all- this gives us a tool to use when it comes.

  21. This is great, Dan, and so on target. That fear gets us all- this gives us a tool to use when it comes.

  22. This is great, Dan, and so on target. That fear gets us all- this gives us a tool to use when it comes.

  23. This is great, Dan, and so on target. That fear gets us all- this gives us a tool to use when it comes.

  24. This is great, Dan, and so on target. That fear gets us all- this gives us a tool to use when it comes.

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