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What Is Your Relationship With Fear?

Written by: Tony Martignetti, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.

 

What is your relationship with fear? Some people are paralyzed by fear, while others are motivated by it. Lately, I have been thinking about how fear can be fuel if you have the right relationship with it. When you allow fear to stop you from taking action, it prevents you from growing, and it will ultimately prevent you from living fully.

A terrified woman sitting on a couch.

As the Egyptian existentialist, Naguib Mahfouz bluntly stated, "Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life." Fear is responsible for holding most people back from the life they truly want to live.

Fear is like any other emotion; it is a signal. Fear causes us to either fight (move forward), flee (move back), or freeze (do nothing). We are programmed to feel fear, it is part of our evolutionary makeup, and it has allowed our species to survive for as long as it has. Think back to the last time you did something you were afraid of. How did you initially respond? More than likely, you acknowledged the fear and took action despite the fear. Once you took action, the fear started to diminish, and momentum started to build.


One of the best solutions for overcoming fear is to cultivate a powerful vision that transcends it. Fear can either be your worst enemy or your best friend, and that is for us to decide when it comes to how we approach it.


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Tony Martignetti, Executive Contributor Brainz Magazine

Tony Martignetti, is a trusted leadership advisor, experience creator, author, podcast host, and speaker. He brings together over 25 years of business and management experience, formal training, and extreme curiosity to elevate leaders and equip them with the tools to navigate through change and unlock their true potential.


He loves guiding people to find clarity in their lives so they are energized, fully present, and unstoppable. When leaders unlock their potential and lead from a place of inspired purpose, they impact and inspire everyone around them. He has dedicated himself to helping people live inspired lives.


Before becoming the founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of Inspired Purpose Coaching, he was a finance and strategy executive with experience working with some of the world’s leading life sciences companies. Along his journey, he also managed small businesses and ran a financial consulting company.


Tony is the host of The Virtual Campfire podcast and the author of "Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the journey to An Inspired Life."

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