3 Things Fear Can Do To You

And how to deal with them

Eric S Burdon
4 min readApr 11, 2018


Fear is a complicated mess that has many masks. These aspects make us do many things that don’t help our lives. But fear itself isn’t so black and white.

As much as fear can pin us down, fear can also be mastered. We can become fearless once we know how to deal with our fears and what fear brings to us.

By no means can we truly be rid of fear, but this post aims to change how we see fear. First by understanding what fear can do, followed byhow we can grow from it.

Fear can be a powerful mentor in the right context.

Experiencing Doubt

When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt. — Honoré de Balzac

Let’s go with an obvious one first since I explained it yesterday. Doubt.

Doubt is simply hesitation. It can paralyze us in our tracks.

But to overcome doubt is simply to take action as I said before. Furthermore, doubt can prompt us to assemble a plan.

That is honestly one of the benefits of doubt: it makes you realize where you want to go in life. Provided that you leverage it.

It was doubt in myself that has led me to be a writer after all. And I have to admit that despite the current circumstances, I am grateful for it.

Creating Excuses

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse. — Anonymous

From fear and doubt brings excuses.

Excuses stem from a limited thinking that could be placed due to an existing fear or doubt.

At the same time, excuses reveal our barriers. From there, we learn how to overcome them.

Excuses at the end of the day create inconsistencies in our lives, those barriers. Some to the point that we become hypocritical.

I am more than familiar with that as there have been several times I’ve realized that in my own life.

But it’s through those excuses that we can use those same reasons to do something about it. Excuses stem from a lack of something that we desire in our lives. Just the same, we can use that desire to motivate us in massive ways towards our goals.

I’ve struggled with staying fit and being healthier, but through my excuses, I learned what my barriers are. I’ve stopped putting excuses up and instead focused on what sort of changes I can make.

Places Limitations

Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them. — Anonymous

Fear only places limitations on our thinking and our world view.

By working away at our fears, doubts, and excuses, we are allowing ourselves to look broader.

We’re not meant to be held down.

Although it’s important to think of things realistically, that still isn’t a reason to limit our thinking. We can still be optimistic and forward thinking.

Limitations in that sense can make us grow as we fully understand that they are temporary.

By all means there are physical limitations and technology limitations, but it’s been proven time and again that people can exceed those.

A body builder can lift several hundred pounds by first practicing on some lighter weights and gradually making them harder.

Limitations therefore are challenges to how we think and we can use them to grow tremendously.

Fear Is A Mentor

Once we understand fear, we can overcome it.

Fear is nothing but a mentor when you think about it in that light.

If you’ve grown enough and are willing to handle what fear offers you, you can grow tremendously.

If you haven’t, fear will keep you back with all manner of things.

So it’s up to you to grow from the experience and to push yourself using your fears.

Together, we can master our fears and become fearless!

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon

This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 11 of 91 of this series.

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Eric S Burdon

Entrepreneur, positive-minded. I used to say a lot, but now I do a lot.