Tell me the bear defending it’s cubs from the wolves feels no fear.
Tell me the Masai tribesman standing before the ferocious lion with nothing but a spear feels no fear.
Tell me the wolverine defending it’s kill from a bear ten times it’s size feels no fear.
Tell me the Spartans felt no fear when faced with an endless hoard ready to wash over them with the flesh and blood of every nation under Persian rule.
No sane creature may be without fear. Our bodies are meant to feel fear. We are meant to be afraid. It keeps us alive. It focuses our body and mind on survival. Fear primes our muscles for action, draws blood from our skin so we will bleed less when cut, puts our senses into overdrive so we may better perceive threats. Fear is a chemical reaction within our body. Fear is meant to keep us alive. A creature that does not feel fear will die.
Then what is fearlessness? It is an illusion. One may only appear fearless. Those on the outside do not understand, for they do not feel the fear. But you know… the fear is very real.
Push forward despite the fear and you will be seen as fearless.
Courage and Bravery are better words for what is called “fearlessness”.
Achieving courage is simple, becoming brave is very straight forward, but by no means easy.
Step 1: Be afraid. Face the lion that is your fear.
Step 2: Feel the fear flowing through you. It may be debilitating. You may want to run, or hide, or surrender. Acknowledge all of these feelings, all the sensations of your body in this moment. Know you are afraid. Do not ignore what is coming up in you, for it is very real.
Step 3: Laugh. It may come out as a very cruel, twisted laugh, but facing your fear is no pretty business.
Now go, Spartan, and be afraid.