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Harness Fear
F.E.A.R – Forget everything and run. We are wired to fear, as fear has kept us alive back when we had hair on our feet, and continues to save our lives today when something threatens our existence. The almond-shaped cluster within our brain known as the amygdala, or fear center, is quite effective at sending “fight or flight” messages when anything—a sweat bee, public speaking, gossip–could be considered dangerous—physically or emotionally.

While that response was appropriate when an ape was chasing after us, and can be if a car merges suddenly into our lane, fear can often disable us today without good reason. Thus, we need to harness it. Here are seven ways.

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