What Makes You Afraid?

Everyone is afraid of something: spiders, snakes, rejection, the unknown – the list is endless. We’re all hardwired to feel fear.

But there’s no single fear switch for humans. Scientists have found the amygdala, comprised of almond-shaped bundles of neurons buried in the brain, is central to the process. If you sense something potentially dangerous, the amygdala emits signals. When the alarm sounds, other areas of the brain evaluate the threat level and determine how you should respond. Even being around people who are afraid can make you fearful.

There is power in who we surround ourselves with. Tony Robbins says, “Who you spend time with is who you become.”

If you don’t confront and use your fear, it will control you. Bravery isn’t about being fearless; it’s being fearful and acting anyway. The stories of courageous people are legion.

What are you afraid to do? What’s holding you back from taking action? Take courage, focus on what you can accomplish in spite of being afraid and you’ll be unstoppable.

The road is easier together,

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