Tell yourself, “I can do this.” That is how you control fear. You control it by taking action to change things in your life. Fear does not respect talk. Fear respects action. Fear and action cannot coexist. When you take action, fear disappears. According to Alvah Bessie, “Fear is real and there is nothing you can do about it except to keep functioning, keep your hands and legs and body moving, your mind focused on the task at hand.” To get things done, don’t focus on fear. It is there, but do not let it put you in your comfort zone. Do not accept it. Because you are better than your comfort zone. You are here to move, to work, to live, not to get stuck in a rut. Baruch Spinoza said, “Fear cannot be without hope nor hope without fear.” Be hopeful that things will get better. Yes, no one can predict the future. But if you work really hard right now, if you concentrate on the task at hand, you can create your own future. You can do it. Don’t make things hard for yourself. Simplify your life. Make things easy, not difficult. Do what you haven’t done before. Try different things. Do not worry about failure, worry about not doing anything to change your situation. Take on new projects. Meet new people. Stretch your brain. Create thinking time for yourself. Hang out with people who are fearless. When you are always with confident people, your level of confidence will increase. Be around people who are smarter than you are. Above all, “always do what you are afraid to do.”
Make your actions good and few.
You can get more done if you can make your actions good and few. Do not do many things at the same time. Simplify your life. Simplify your work. Do not start what you cannot finish. And do not start what you know you can’t do. When it comes to your work, always be honest with yourself.
As the great Marcus Aurelius once said, “Do nothing but what is necessary. … by this rule a man has the double pleasure of making his actions good and few into the bargain. For the greater part of what we say and do, being unnecessary, if this were but take away, we should have both more leisure and less disturbance. And therefore before a man sets forward, he should ask himself this question, “Am I not upon the verge of something unnecessary.”
If what you are doing is not contributing to your life, to your work, if it is not making you better than you were yesterday, then stop doing it. Because you are not going to get different results. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.” So if you want to be great, then you must simplify your things.