You may have come across the „Litany against fear“ from „Children of Dune“, a science fiction epic by the American author Frank Herbert. It has also been filmed spectacularly, feel free to look it up on youtube! Here is the full text of the „Litany against fear“:

„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.“

The central idea of the litany is simple and great at the same time. There is a more popular rendition of the same idea in title of a self-help book: „Face the fear and do it anyway!“ Simple! And my rendition is: Don’t fear the fear!

Fear is an emotion, not an obstacle! If anything, it is a barometer to gauge information. It is a criterion that helps prioritize values. And it is body chemistry that is not sustainable forever, some even say it lasts no more that 90 seconds. if it lasts longer, you are doing something to perpetuate it. Unless there is a saber-tooth tiger nearby, you are seldom in any real life danger. Fear is a signal to turn your focus of attention on what is really at stake, what counts and what is important to you.  What is the worst that can happen? Really? How do you know? Is it such a big deal in the greater scheme of things?

Don’t mind the fear, gauge the situation and do whatever is important enough to be done regardless of how  you feel about it. And know that even if you fail, it does not mean that you are a failure because failure is an event, not an identity. You, the product of a billions of years of evolution, are a success anyway!