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Conquering Fear 101

How to Alchemize Fear Into Excitement + Use The Energy As Fuel to Reach Your Potential

You know that fear you feel when you exit your comfort zone? Let’s alchemize it into fuel for your hero’s journey, shall we? That’s what this class is all about. With a nod to Aristotle and modern mental toughness coaches, we start by establishing just how important it is to cultivate our courage (aka to conquer our fear!) and then we establish the fact that you are not alone (common humanity!) then we take a trip down Etymology Lane to learn that the word conquer comes from the Latin word that means “to seek”—which is a (very) good thing to keep in mind as we get really good at alchemizing that fear into excitement we can use as fuel to reach our highest potential.

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The Courage Quotient

How Science Can Make You Braver

Robert Biswas-Diener is known as the “Indiana Jones of positive psychology.” As per his bio, “his research has taken him to such far-flung places as Greenland, India, Kenya and Israel.” And, important note: “He is afraid of quicksand and snakes.” :) Robert is also the son of one of the leading positive psychology researchers: Ed Diener. We covered a book they wrote together called Happiness. This is basically the ONLY book on science of courage. It's fantastic. Big Ideas we explore include defining the numerator and denominator of our Courage Quotient (hint: Increase your "willingness to act" and "ability to control fear"), courage's two flavors (general + personal), courage blindness (and how to heal it), the power of playing our roles well (choose a courageous one!), being willing to fail and playing to win.


The Tools

Transform Your Problems into Courage, Confidence, and Creativity

The Tools. This was easily the best book I read in 2012. It's *packed* with goodness. Stutz and Michels are two no-nonsense therapists who developed powerful tools to transform our problems into courage, confidence, and creativity. In this Note, we'll take a quick peek at how to put these powerful tools to work to create real change in our lives.

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Daring Greatly

How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Teddy Roosevelt told us that it's not the critic who counts. It's all about the individual who is actually in the arena--whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood... Who dares greatly. Brene Brown takes that spirit and runs with it--showing us how we can only dare greatly when we are willing to live Wholeheartedly, embracing our vulnerability as we cultivate our courage, compassion and connection.

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Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm

A Vietnamese Buddhist Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh is, essentially, a living saint. In this great little book, Nhat Hanh delivers his essential wisdom on how to navigate the storms of life with more grace and poise as we cultivate fearlessness/nonfear. Big Ideas range from breathing in the moment, reflecting on interbeingness (= huge), and enhancing our energy of mindfulness and concentration.

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The Confidence Gap

A Guide to Overcoming Fear and Self-Doubt

Russ Harris is one of the world’s leading authorities on one of the most cutting-edge forms of therapy known as Acceptance and Commitment Training, or ACT for short (pronounced like the word “act” not A.C.T.). In this book, Russ tells us that we’ve been following the wrong rule book if we want to dial in our confidence. We explore The Golden Rule of confidence (and 9 other rules), why we need to defuse from our negative thoughts NOT try to eliminate them, how to have instant success (presto!), and how to move from FEAR to DARE as we live the great adventure that is our lives.

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Staring Down the Wolf

7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams

This is our third Note on one of Mark Divine's books. Mark is a retired Navy SEAL Commander. He also has twenty-five years of experience as an entrepreneur. In this book, he draws on his decades of leadership experience to teach us the "7 Leadership Commitments That Forge Elite Teams." Big Ideas we explore include The Two Wolves (which one are YOU feeding?), the. 7 Commitments (Courage + Trust + Respect + Growth + Excellence + Resiliency + Alignment), Falling Down Seven Times (and getting back up eight), Semper Gumby (Always Flexible!), and Your #1 Fear to Stare Down Next (what's yours?).

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Want to be fearless? Then you’ll love this book. And this Note. Steve Chandler is a funny guy. And, he’s brilliant. I really like that combo. :) We have Notes on two of his other great books: 100 Ways to Motivate Yourself + Time Warrior. All of Steve’s books are quick-reading, wisdom-packed gems that will make you laugh as you get your wisdom on. In this Note, we’ll have fun eliminating fear from our lives as we learn how to challenge fear thoughts, make tectonic shifts, and discover the secret of life. Good times!

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Strength in the Storm

Transform Stress, Live in Balance, and Find Peace of Mind

As I mentioned in the other Notes on his work, Eknath Easwaran is one of my favorite teachers. He was a professor of English literature in India before coming to America on a Fulbright scholarship. He taught at UC Berkeley and became one of the world’s leading meditation and spiritual teachers. In this book, we learn how to love storms—how to use simple tools to find strength in the inevitable storms of life as we “transform stress, live in balance and find peace of mind.” Big Ideas we explore: “I love storms.” -Gandhi, Eudaimantra (how I came up w/the perfect mantra for myself), how to end all boredom, time as an infinite cosmic carpet, the secret of life (in one sentence) and Gandhi 101: how to become fearless.

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Courage Under Fire

Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior

James Stockdale spent 7 1/2 years as the highest ranking prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. 4 years in solitary confinement. 2 in leg irons. This book is about how he endured all of that with the wisdom of Stoic philosopher Epictetus in mind. In the Note, we explore the key tenets of Stoicism, the Stockdale Paradox, playing your role well and mastering your emotions.

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Be Unstoppable

The 8 Essential Actions to Succeed at Anything

This is a surprisingly awesome book—a fable about a young captain who spends time with a master and commander who reveals the secret code of rockin’ it. It’s kinda like if a Navy SEAL wrote The Alchemist or The Way of the Peaceful Warrior or The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Big Ideas we cover include: U.P.E.R.S.I.S.T. (the code to being unstoppable), the 2 limitations in life, how to discover your why, how to plan in 3-D, and the magic pill you need to take.

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Letters from a Stoic

by Seneca

Seneca. He was born around the same time as Jesus and was one of the leading figures in his Roman Empire. He was also one of history's leading Stoic philosophers (along with Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus who we also profile) and has some powerful wisdom to share. In this Note, we'll explore the purpose of philosophy, the importance of focusing our attention and the mojo that comes from facing our fears.

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#27 "I'm Excited!"

What to Say to Yourself When You’re Feeling Nerves
Alison Wood Brooks is a researcher at Harvard Business School. She studies the most effective strategy for dealing with acute stress. First,
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#72 Now What Needs to Be Done?

Remember: Feelings Follow Behavior
David Reynolds wrote what might be the best book you (and most other people) have never heard of. It’s called Constructive Living. David
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#94 Adaptability + Homeostasis

Why Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Is So Important
We’ve talked a lot about how important it is to get out of our comfort zones. But why is it so important? Two words: Adaptability +
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#106 Reverse Indicators

How to Interpret Your Encounters with Dragons
So, let’s say you’ve decided to embark on a heroic quest. It’s time for you to leave the normal, routine life and really go for

#159 Courage

How to Pump Energy to Your Virtues
Did you know that the word courage comes from the Latin word for “heart”? Yep. And, just as your heart pumps blood to your arms and legs
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#192 Death Cookies

Fuel for the Journey to Your Infinite Potential
Continuing our theme of how to become Antifragile Heroes, let’s look at another way to rock it. A couple +1s ago we talked about

#277 Chasms vs. Sidewalk Cracks

Jump! It’s Not As Wide As You Think
Joseph Campbell once shared a bit of advice given to a young Native American at the time of his initiation. He was told: “As you go the
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#303 Starve Fear

Of Its Favorite Food
In The 10X Rule, Grant Cardone tells us that we need to starve fear of its favorite food. Pop quiz! Do you know what fear’s favorite food
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#313 Riddikulus!

Harry Potter on How to Deal with Fear
In our last +1 we talked about Ray Dalio and his “5-Step Process to Get What You Want in Life.” (Did you walk through the five steps? If
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#314 Got a Fear?

Name It to Tame It Harry Potter Style
In our last +1, we had fun with Harry Potter getting our “RIDDIKULUS!” on to deal with our shape-shifting fears that show up in the form
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#363 Fear & Expectations

How to Move from Fear to Excitement
Quick pop quiz: Are you afraid of something these days? Pause for a moment and identify one thing that’s kinda (or really) stressing you
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#447 FEAR -> DARE

ACT on How to Make the Switch
Russ Harris is one of the world’s leading practitioners of “Acceptance and Commitment Therapy” (“ACT” for short)—which is
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#626 Driving with Your Brakes On

Anthony de Mello on Letting Go of Some Fear
In our last +1, we talked about Seth Godin’s wisdom regarding the fact that, as unfortunate as it is that we might have wasted so much of
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#627 “If I Had Zero Fear…”

I Would Do THIS!
In our last +1, we talked about driving with your brakes on. We took a nice, deep breath and then we took our foot off the fear-of-failure
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#628 A Fist Full of Fear

Dissolving into Joy as You Make the Leap
In our last +1, we talked about the 11 things you’d do if you had zero fear. (How’d that go for you? :) Today I’d like to bring my old
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#638 Yes Lives in the Land of No

Want a Big YES from Life?! Embrace the No's.
In our last +1, we talked about mastering Ownish and noticing when we slip into Victimese. (We also talked about going all in and mastering
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#686 Conquering Fear

Your #1 Job
A few +1s ago, we spent some time swimming with Abraham Maslow. As you may recall, he told us: “If I was dropped out of a plane into the
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#687 To Seek Fear

Is Step 1 in Conquering Fear
In our last +1, we talked about conquering fear. Specifically, we soaked our minds in Stan Beecham’s epic wisdom that’s worth tattooing
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#688 Fear: Stop or Go?

Which Sign Pops Up in Your Head?
In our last couple +1s, we talked about conquering fear. We have a whole class on the subject you might enjoy called Conquering Fear 101.
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#689 Fear: Stop or Go? (Part II)

Step on the Gas and Let’s Do This!
In our last +1, we talked about the power of conjuring up a “Go!!” sign in our minds rather than a “Stop!” sign when we encounter
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#691 Fear Is Excitement

Without the Breath
Continuing our exploration of how to Conquer Fear, how about a simple yet profound piece of wisdom from Fritz Perls, founder of Gestalt
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#696 Fear Doors - Part I

Walked Through Any Lately?
Revisiting our Conquering Fear discussion, Today I’d like to talk about something I’m calling “Fear Doors.” I want to talk about the
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#697 Fear Doors - Part II

The Really Scary Thing About Them
In our last +1, we talked about Fear Doors. I shared a couple of painful stories in which I somehow mustered the courage to act in spite of
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#698 Fear Doors - Part III

Need to Walk Through One Today?
In our last couple +1s, we’ve been having a sobering and (hopefully) empowering time talking about and then walking through some Fear

#699 Hero Bars

Your Fuel for Fear Doors
Not too long ago, we talked about David Goggins and his Cookie Jars. Facing a tough challenge? He tells us to reach into the Cookie Jar of
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#714 Noli Timere

<- “Be Not Afraid” (= The #1 Phrase in the Bible)
In our last +1, we spent some time hanging out with my friend Katherine Collins who is, I am quite sure, the only human on the planet who
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#719 Instant Coward Recipe

Lombardi Says: Just Add Fatigue
In Conquering Fear 101, we talked about how important it is to honor our fundamentals if we want to conquer our fear. Although the quality
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#724 To Dare or Not to Dare

Whaddya Say… Shall we?
In Greatest Year Ever – 2019, I wrapped up the class by reading some quotes that were guiding me to step up and into the next-best version
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#730 Exiting the Cast of Our Comfort Zones

And Letting the Surge and Power of Life’s Challenges Fuel our Optimizing
In our last couple +1s, we met my bionic arm and its currently atrophied forearm that I’m now rehabilitating. 💪 btw: Surgeon says 9-12
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#738 Bring It On! (Punching Bag Style)

Yoda’s Laws of Action: Part 3
In our last couple +1s, we’ve had fun chatting about a few of Phil Stutz’s Tools found in the Laws of Action aisle of our ever-expanding
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#984 Springsteen Says: “I’m Excited!”

Epic Wisdom from The Boss
A couple +1s ago, I briefly mentioned the fact that Marie Forleo is the one who introduced me to the idea of “’Friend Power.” (Thanks,
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#985 Operating at the Highest Level

Nature Says: Here’s Some Energy-Juice!
In our last +1, we did our best Boss impersonation as we reinterpreted our sweaty palms and racing hearts as a sign we’re EXCITED and
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#987 Fear Alchemized to FEAR

How to Deal with the Grandmaster of Mediocrity
Continuing our exploration of Marie Forleo’s four-letter wisdom, let’s take another moment to mine some gems from her astonishingly good
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#1100 Confronting Fear

It’s the Destiny of a Jedi-Optimizer
I’m the kinda guy who goes to a movie with a pen and paper ready to take notes. Well, I’m actually the kinda guy who (aside from when
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#1103 Staring Down the Wolf

Which One Are YOU Feeding?
As we’ve discussed, I’m a big fan of Mark Divine. I can still remember reading Unbeatable Mind years ago shortly after blowing up the
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#1132 The Courage Quotient

How’s Yours?
Robert Biswas-Diener is known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology. As per his bio, “his research has taken him to such far-flung
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#1133 Courage Tools

Here Are My Favorites—Yours?
In our last +1, we talked about the science of courage and did some quick napkin math on our Courage Quotients. Recall that Robert
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#1134 How to Act Boldly

Choose Courageous Roles
In our last couple of +1s, we’ve chatted about the science of courage. Let’s continue that discussion with some more pro tips on how to
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#1137 A New Take on Mis-takes

Using Them as Fuel for Our Antifragile Fires
In our last +1, we spent some time with an Academy Award-nominated documentarian who reminded us that we need to be willing to fail.
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#1219 SEALs and Hoosiers

Get Your Tape Measure Out and Let’s Go!
In our last +1, we made it through one evolution at a time with William McRaven as he endured Hell Week and became a Navy SEAL. Fast forward