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A Dictionary of New Epigrams


Excess forethought generates fear out of an infinity of impossible problems.

The best amount of fear is that which goads you to your best efforts.

Looking to your final goal will show you the way beyond your fears.

If you prepare properly with flexibility as part of your plan the unknowns will benefit you and hurt your competition.

Become familiar with working in the unknown by frequently attempting things that are outside of your experience.

If you don’t fear death, and don’t fear the opinion of others, what have you to fear but your own self-deprecation?

To promise to do something is to set yourself up for punishment for nonperformance, and thus to create a free-floating fear for yourself, until your performance is approved of.

When you have fear lurking in your core, you set yourself into a rigid state of mind of fight, flight, or freeze and deprive yourself of flexible thinking and appropriate response.

Being locked into fear before an action precipitates probable failure.

We don’t learn from having survived fear-ridden situations, because our natural instinct is to suppress our inadequate responses and remember our lucky successes.

Fear is always in the mind, but we feel it in our squeamish guts.

With ample practice with given situations we can desensitize our fears and learn to behave in an effective way.

Learn to cope with fear by intentionally getting into dangerous situations and intentionally setting your fear aside.

With practice you can turn fear off, like a light switch.

To fear death is to fear the unknown, but when you realize that you are created out of the stuff of the Universe, and death is just returning to become that stuff again, why worry?

There is no sense in being afraid of what we are made of.

When you let yourself be locked in fear, everything is a boogeyman.

What a coward seeks is the promise of security, and there are plenty of liars who are prepared to sell it to him.