Have you ever missed out on an opportunity because you were afraid?
Fear is an insidious obstacle. Sure, it used to keep us alive back in the days of dwelling in caves when large, predatory animals wanted to eat us for dinner.
There’s no doubt about it, having a heightened awareness, stress hormones, and a clear focus saved many of our ancestors’ lives.
But nowadays, there aren’t as many real threats to our immediate survival. Inside your brain, however, you have the same fear circuit that your cave-drawing ancestor had.
So instead of freaking out upon spotting a saber-toothed tiger, your body responds to more modern terrors (i.e., fear of public speaking, fear of failure, fear of rejection).
The trigger is different, but the response is the same. Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between something that’s real or something that’s in your imagination.