Fear and Decision Making

Decision Making

On July 4, 1776, Samuel Adams and John Hancock were persistent and got Congress to make a decision that we all benefit from today and will continue to do so for many years. This decision was the United States’ Declaration of Independence.

We all make decision on a day to day basis, some major and others minor, but they need to be made. When we have an intense Desire, Purpose or Goal, we are persistent in achieving it and we do all we can to overcome our FEARS.

Indecision, Doubt and FEAR

I am sure you have heard what FEAR stands for; False Evidence Appearing Real and that is exactly what it is.

As indicated in Napoleon Hill’s book, “Think & Grow Rich”, INDECISION is the seedling of FEAR! Indecision crystallizes into DOUBT, the two blend and become FEAR! The “blending” process is often slow, but that is one reason why these three are so dangerous, they grow without their presence being observed.

Fear is basically a state of mind and is subject to control and direction. Take for example, Physicians, without fear or hesitation, have been known to physically contact hundreds of people, daily, who were suffering from such contagious diseases as small-pox, measles or tuberculosis, without becoming infected. Their immunity against the disease consisted, largely, if not solely, of their absolute lack of FEAR.

The Economy may have made us cautious, however, do not have FEAR hold you back in decision making.

The Six Basic FEARS

There are six basic fears, with some combination of which everyone suffers at one time or another. Most people are fortunate if they do not suffer from the entire six.

Click on the links for more details on each category. Named in the order of their most common appearance, they are:

  • The fear of POVERTY
  • The fear of CRITICISM
  • The fear of ILL HEALTH
  • The fear of OLD AGE
  • The fear of DEATH

All other fears are of minor importance and they can be grouped under these six headings. Read more about it in Napoleon Hill’s famous book Think and Grow Rich“.

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