MKMMA 2016 Week 19 – Fear

Haanel tells us that fear is a debilitating emotion, as if we didn't already know that. It can induce paralysis, among other things. Haanel tells us that we can beat fear with confidence. We know from the Franklin makeover that confidence can be acquired by observation. It is also acquired with practice.


The dictionary defines it as "a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid." (My emphasis.) One of my favorite lines is in the clip from the movie, After Earth.

The movie itself was pretty widely panned, but that one line is worth the price of admission. Fear exists because we expect something bad to happen. Danger is real, but fear is not. Fear stems from the story we tell ourselves about the future. What if we tell ourselves a different story?

In Scroll V, Og Mandino poses some questions about tomorrow. "Should I concern myself over events which I may never witness? Should I torment myself with problems that may never come to pass?" NO. The Bible has the phrase "fear not" 83 times (counting occurrences including "ye" and "thou"). We are urged to trust rather than fear.

There are many acronyms based on fear. For example, False Evidence Appearing Real. Another is Feeling Excited and Ready. A Twist on that would be Feeling Enthusiastic and Robust. My virtue for this week was Enthusiasm, so I particularly like the last acronym.


Since my virtue was enthusiasm, it seemed good to find out what the dictionary had to say about that. The definition is "absorbing or controlling possession of the mind by any interest or pursuit;  lively interest as 'he shows marked enthusiasm for his studies'." So, this would be an example of both concentration and interest as Haanel describes.

Synonyms for enthusiasm include eagerness, warmth, fervor, zeal, passion, and devotion. The origin is interesting, coming from both Latin and Greek and meaning possession by a god or having a god within. Another synonym is ardor, which means great warmth of feeling. That could be interpreted as love. The Bible says that "perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18), so Scroll II comes in here also.


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