by: Don G / @lbdStreetFashion
You can never play the game of human chess and fear your opponent.
Fear is a natural response to the things we don’t know or don’t understand. It warns us that something bad is about to happen. It reminds us of the consequences of not following the rules and is essential to our survival — but fear isn’t always useful.
At times it can be down right debilitating hindering us from seeing the reality of our situation or causing us to second guess ourselves when making difficult choices or placing trust in other. To turn fear into an asset we must learn to conquer it. To conquer fear we must master the mental manipulation of fear itself.
Aristotle believed courage to be the most important quality in a man. “Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible,” he wrote, but how does courage nullify fear? It doesn’t. In spite of fear being present, courage convinces the mind to move forward anyway. Possessing a sufficient level of ruthlessness to reach objectives if necessary, plays a significant part in manipulating one’s emotions to accomplish an objective.
We each wrestle with fear daily. It may come from fear of failure, fear of success, fear of shame, fear of letting others down, fear of losing something or someone, fear of getting rejected, or fear of getting hurt. We live in a reality that everyday we wake up, there’s a possibility that something bad might happen to us or someone we care about.
But we just gotta do it anyways. Fear can be paralyzing, but we must learn to channel it into a positive mindset if we hope to overcome it. Our opponents won’t wait for us to be unafraid. They will use our fear as a weakness against us.