All things in the cosmos will be aroused to movement through fear. This movement will be cautious, and cautious movement will bring success.
– I Ching, No. 51
Fear is a natural emotion, making you alert for any situation which may arise. It is a survival mechanism. You must not fight fear as it will create a counterforce, resulting in anxiety that disrupts your performance. Fear can paralyze you or provide you with an opportunity to examine an upcoming risk and thoroughly prepare for it. Fear is your friend – acknowledge and embrace it. Do you feel endangered or fearful? You may need to do more preparation, gather more information, and venture out of your comfort zone. It is okay to be afraid. According to the martial art, aikido, you can “defeat” your fear by acting with its own force. Overcoming fear is the ultimate freedom, as philosopher Alan Watts states, “The other side of every fear is freedom.” After you overcome fear, you become aware that anything is possible (with proper preparation).
Affirmations for Fearlessness
“Fear is my friend who helps me defend.“
“Thank you, fear, for helping me here.“
“The voice of fear is healthy to hear.“
Al Huang, C. & Lynch, J (1992). Thinking Body Dancing Mind: Tao Sports for Extraordinary Performance in Athletics, Business, and Life. New York, NY: Bantam Books.