Fear and Gratitude

If you fear something (and you aren’t in immanent danger), try turning your mind toward something you love, instead. This redirection of your focus makes appreciation a bigger part of your awareness. It may seem prudent to prepare for the worst case scenario,...

Facing Fear Frees You

Facing your fear is actually less frightening than ignoring it. Distracting yourself, hiding out or running from it keeps it lurking in the shadows, tormenting you as you imagine something far more threatening than the truth. Life only presents you with challenges and...

Motivation by Fear

When we make decisions based on fear, we play small and settle for less. Fear often causes us to disregard others’ feelings and violate our own values. Ironically, living in fear ensures we experience those feelings we sought to avoid in the first place. Taking...

Suffering in Advance

Worrying about something that hasn’t happened is borrowing trouble from the future. Because you don’t have as much information as you will when and if the dreaded scenario happens, you don’t actually know what your options will be at that time....

The Fruits of Failure

Most of us view failure as something to be avoided. We associate it with not getting what we want and therefore think of it as entirely negative. But that perspective limits us. When we’re too worried about failure we won’t take chances or try new things....

Attitude Matters

When life presents us with unwanted changes, we can become upset and resistant or meet them cooly — with an attitude of curiosity. The unknown often feels overwhelming, but the more completely we trust that life delivers just what we need for our greatest growth...