Let Fear Sharpen You, Not Paralyse You

Let Fear Sharpen You, Not Paralyse You

Fear can trap you in a vicious cycle of doing nothing. Television adventurer Bear Grylls recommends using fear to motivate you rather than scare you into inaction.

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Grylls took part in a Reddit Ask Me Anything session earlier today. Amidst a predictable sea of urine-drinking jokes, one questioner asked how to overcome your fears in the wild:

I have learnt to manage the fear better and to try and use the feelings to sharpen me not to paralyse me.

That’s useful advice even if the closest you get to the wilderness is the fruit and veg section of your local supermarket. Need more? Check out our thoughts on overcoming your fear of missing out.


  • I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

  • I feel the overwhelming need to shoop myself into photos of the opera house striking such poses too..

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