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Fear as a Motivational Tool

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Fear is a feeling which originates in our brain. All of us are scared to see a tiger or a snake. Children are fearful of ghosts and devils and even some adults are scared of it too. I am not talking about that kind of fear here, those tangible items or matter that readily evoke that emotion within you. I refer to something different; I refer to fear brought about by uncertainty, the unknown and unpredictability of what’s going to happen next in our lives given a particular set of circumstances.

Fearing about your future can make you depressed. Fear of unwanted outcomes and situations beyond your control can drain your spirit. It can bring down your energy and weaken you both physically and mentally. Some people are often seen in a sad mood worrying about unnecessary things and over events of the past and the uncertainties of the future. There is no use in predicting about the happenings of the future since the future is liable to change. Instead develop a positive attitude towards life and enhance self esteem to help you face these uncertainties.

It is usually your imagination or perception about fearful objects or situations that makes you more worried than the real objects or situation itself. Irrational fears can reduce the enthusiasm and energy in you. It may drop your potential for succeeding in life or your motivation to reach your target. Fear is a ‘psychological’ emotion. Ultimate fear or irrational fear can land you with a phobia for which you have to be treated by a professional to get rid of that fear.

Obviously, fear can be a hindrance to our personal progress. Constantly in life we have to deal with our fears and learn to overcome them. It is part of growing up. We are usually taught early in life to learn how to face our fears and go past them. We tend to be conditioned to view fear as a challenge, a hurdle to overcome.

Yet sometimes, fear is a useful personal motivational tool. Some people use or impose fear to motivate people, but this method is counter-productive and damaging in the long term. What I am referring to is using your own feeling of fear on yourself as a motivational tool. In certain situations, view your fear as a partner that can help drive you to your goals.

Fear can be a powerful motivator to induce you to reach the goal. So how does fear become a factor of motivation? For instance, when you are scared about losing your job you would usually perform better in the workplace in order to keep your job safe and your source of income secure. Of course, productivity is best achieved only if employees work out of interest and not out of fear. However, in the short term, individual fear serves as a useful motivator for a person in certain situations where personal interests are not served but in terms of “survival” in the workplace it is necessary.

Fear is perhaps the greatest motivator in your life. Unless you fear about the future of your family you will not probably take your work or job seriously as seriously as you would knowing that their security and welfare depends on your ability to provide for them through the income you derive from your job.  Fear makes you disciplined and morally good. It can stimulate people to work hard and reach their goals.

Consider fear as your friend, but take care that you also do not always depend on him as it is at best a short term fix. Fear helps you to face the upcoming challenges and it allows you to prepare yourself when the real situation comes. Fear is a feeling which should be respected. The real purpose of fear is to drive us to reach a target. Consider fear like any other emotions. You will soon understand and appreciate that fear has both its disadvantages and advantages, learn to make it work for you.


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Aug 31, 2011 12:07pm
This is great advice. People should remember that the fear is often far worse than the actual experience.
Sep 1, 2011 2:15am
That is right, when dealing with fear it is all about the moment that leads to your decision. That's the period where it is felt strongest, where you waver between letting it hold you back or you decide to face it and go ahead. Once you have decided to go ahead, you'll be too busy to bother with the feeling of fear.
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