The premise upon which the title above is derived is that fear is behind action, no action, and reaction. It is the force which keeps a person from jumping off a cliff, bridge, or building. It is the force which causes a person to go to work every day. No work, no pay. No pay, no food, no place to live, no material things such as: cars, TV, furniture, or the renewing of those things, when the time comes.
When your friend is deep in conversation with you at the curb and without thinking or looking starts to walk in front of the oncoming car, you reach out and grab the arm closest to you and save a life.
Fear has got a bad rap. It is primal. It doesn’t go away. It can be altered and utilized for good but we mostly do not recognize or acknowledge that. When fear stops you from speaking publicly or singing publicly before an audience, it is a multifactorial and possibly rational thing.
How you look at it will change the outcome. If you decide that stage fright is simply nothing more or less than inexperience threatening you, preparation may solve the fear as confidence overcomes the fear. The fear doesn’t leave; it just becomes less significant and less in control.
People who do public speaking frequently know this through personal experience, as do singers and musicians. Those who work all the time in music feel fear as a little motivating excitement, not as a formidable enemy.
It can be the kind of thrill some people get, watching an action movie or a horror flick or the romantic film where it seems that they are never going to get together, then they finally do. The tension is palpable but the climax is…. well, like a climax.
Fear may be the catalyst, it may be the force behind the journey that sustains it, but it is always there if you are just inquisitive, interested, or curious enough to look through profound introspection. It is for survival and that can be from barely making it to a phenomenal success. It is actually on your side and not your enemy. Use it but don’t confuse it.