How can you avoid risk aversion and fear?

Jonathan Fields, author of “Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance,” urges men to stop dropping all those little “certainty anchors.”

These holdbacks are repeated throughout the day as men insist on knowing what is coming next. These “certainty anchors” hold you back from allowing yourself to take bigger risks. In fact, your certainty anchors tether you — very often paralyzing you from making choices and moving forward.

A ship is safest anchored in a harbor.
It is not, however, what it is designed for. You are free on the open seas!

To feel like you are less tethered during any part of the day, say to yourself:

“Okay, this is my job to go and do things that scare me.”

“Okay, this is my job to go and do things that scare me.”

Okay, this is my job to go and do things that scare me.”

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Photo courtesy of @HamletVIP.

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2 thoughts on “How can you avoid risk aversion and fear?

  1. Pingback: The Risk Of Moving Yourself | Dallas 2012

    1. jrmindful Post author

      Think of “fear” as “fantasized expressions appearing real.” There is a difference between danger, i.e., standing in front of a hungry tiger, and fearing that a hungry tiger will eat you if you go to the zoo. The second is unlikely to happen yet the anxiety it creates might as well be in front of the live tiger.

      Avoiding risk aversion is deciding that choices are neither good or bad in themselves. It’s your ability to respond that distinguishes you after you chose. Aversion to risk sometimes overwhelms and paralyzes, even when making every-day choices.

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