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Using fear to fuel decision making

physician empowerment podcast season 1 Jun 30, 2022

Fear is a deeply ingrained part of the human condition and a survival tool for our evolution.

In today’s world, we don’t need to rely on fear as much as our ancestors did to avoid injury, disease, and predation; yet fear-based decision-making often seeps into many of life’s mundane choices.

This fear can present itself in the form of worrying about embarrassment, failure, or lost time and money. It can also prevent us from taking on new opportunities that could lead to increased happiness, wealth, or career advancement.

Whenever I am confronted with a new project or considering a new opportunity that scares me, I like to pause to prioritize my higher goals.

  • I reflect on my fears and acknowledge what I’m feeling, but I try my best to not let worry overshadow my logic.
  • I challenge myself to forge ahead and overcome my fear.

This isn’t innate courage, and I am not always successful. It’s a practice that I continue to develop through intentional living.

Fear is a part of our human experience and it will be a factor in any decision that has the potential to impact your life.

In my experience, the best way to ensure that impact is meaningful is to reflect on your motivations and seek mentors that will support your growth.