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There is Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself

There is Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself

There is Nothing to Fear, But Fear Itself

During the depths of the World Economic Depression of 1933, Franklin D Roosevelt, President of the United States said:

"Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself - that nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyses the mind."

There are three primary emotions that motivate the human mind:

  • Fear.
  • Anger.
  • Desire.

1. Fear is a motivator.

If you are filled with enough fear, then you will be motivated to run away or fight off a threat (fight or flight response). But fear is a NEGATIVE motivator; negative in the sense that it upsets the soul, wrecks relationships and undermines peace of mind.

2. Anger is a motivator.

If you are angry enough, that will spur you into taking action to retaliate or seek revenge. Anger is a NEGATIVE motivator. You don't function well when you are angry. Nobody does. Anger negatively affects your judgement and your relationships with others.

3. Desire is a motivator.

Desire is a positive motivator. If you are feeling desirous, then you are feeling motivated. You may desire to gain an emotional pleasure or some kind of tangible benefit; both are positive motivators. When you are looking forward to something good happening, then you feel hopeful, excited, encouraged, enthusiastic and energetic. This is the kind of motivation that one should cultivate.

Fear is the most pernicious because it is the most common.

There are many people in the world today who are paid big money to frighten you. Advertisers, insurance companies, medical companies, environmental pressure groups, government officials - all have a vested interest in scaring you into acting the way they want you to act.

Sometimes their motives are honourable, but other times they are not.

Stand guard at the doors of your mind.

Your mental and emotional health depends upon your ability to limit the damage done by negative emotions of fear and anger.

Don't allow advertisers, politicians, insurance salesmen, Greenpeace, the BBC, or any friend or relative to dump too many fears into your mind.

Instead, build in your mind a list of desires, things you want to happen, and think about those instead.

Do not fill your mind with fear. Instead, develop your desires; feel excited by your plans for a better future for you and your family.

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