Simply put, fear is the expectation of a negative consequence (usually from some future event or action). Allow me to delve a little bit deeper here and rephrase this definition a bit.
Everyone knows that every action has an opposing reaction. It is also universally held that some opposing reactions are favorable and others…well…other will make you wish you had stayed in bed. Since people attempt to avoid the negative reactions in favor of the positive ones, I submit to you that fear is the extent to which you expect a negative scenario to befall you. However, there is an unspoken part of that definition that is the key point and that holds the secret to the antidote. Fear is the expectation of impending doom (and the unwanted circumstances in which they will leave you) that you cannot deflect, avoid, mitigate, neutralize or solve before it happens. In other words, it’s knowing something bad is going to happen to you that you know or suspect you can’t do anything about. When most people think about fear, they tend to focus on the first part of the equation – that is, the “bad thing” that happens. For a few moments, I’d like to focus on the latter part – that is your ability to do something about it.
As Jim Rohn said, “the same wind blows on us all.” You can’t change the bad things that happen. They happen to everyone. You can’t stop sickness, financial turmoil, emotional struggles, death, etc. Those things area a part of life. So, why put your time, effort, and energy there? Don’t worry so much about what happens or will happen to you (especially in the future). Focus more on your ability to mitigate the effects. Or again as the late Mr. Rohn says, “set a different sail” this year than last.
So, the antidote to fear is simple. The antidote is your belief in your ability to exempt yourself from the consequences or accept the consequences no matter what they may be. Simply put, if you don’t care about what is going to happen because you know you are going to be alright either way, you have no reason to fear what will happen. After all, it’s not going to hurt you either way. In that situation, it costs more time and energy worrying about which thing will take place than it does to implement the controls and move on to the next adventure.