“Fear is a gift in many cases. It tells you what’s wrong.” – Tim Ferriss
In the middle of a pandemic and a volatile economy, there are plenty of things to cause concern. But fear, like any emotion you have, is a tool. When something makes you feel good, that is a signal to aim for that outcome again. When something makes you afraid, it is an indicator of a potential problem. Of course, it isn’t always the case, but you should pay attention. Fear can be a good indicator of what you need to do. If you’re afraid of giving a speech, maybe you need more preparation. If you are fearful of something you have put off, it is probably time to stop putting it off. It could just be that your fear is trying to warn you about a situation that requires more of your attention. Fear is never useless. By having a healthy relationship with our fear, we can learn more about ourselves. We can learn more about the world around us. We can use it to know what action to take and drive us forward. During this pandemic, fear can be an excellent tool for encouraging engagement. Do things that scare you. Don’t let your fear control you. Fear is a gift. Use that gift.