Stay Safe, But Take More Risks

Some risk takers over-do it. Why? Fear drives them. Hit a balance. Scared? Do a reality check. No physical danger? Plunge ahead. Danger: Call 911.

When to call 911

Emotions start in ancient and primitive fears connected to dangerous life and limb threats.  Important then, but overrated today.

For many all fears sound like 911 emergency sirens. Not knowing the difference keeps you from doing what is possible and being who you are.   Particularly fears related to internal feelings such as shame, embarrassment, or shyness.

STAY STRONG

All the research on dealing with sad, bad, or mad feelings indicates acting  against the feeling unless immediate danger threatens works best.  Acting against the feeling means doing the opposite of what the feeling tells you to do.

In the case of fear, the main message is run. Useful when an angry predator is looms on the path ahead of you, but even then standing your ground may work better. (Bears can outrun the fastest human, but might be scared by one who shows no fear.) To stay strong in the face of fear,  act bravely.

Here is another staying strong tidbit embedded in a big word – habituate – meaning “get used to.” The more risks you take, the more often you stand up to fear, the easier it becomes to take more risks.

As always thank you for all you do particularly for liking, commenting or sharing my posts.  Little things matter.

Katherine

This post was somewhat inspired by this Word Press Daily Prompt:  Take a chance on me. What is the biggest chance you have taken? How did it turn out?

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