Fear is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
“Many are harmed by fear itself, and many may have come to their fate while dreading fate.” – Seneca, Oedipus, 992
Lets play out an example.
- You need to win your next race.
- You look to control every detail possible.
- You can’t help but wonder if there are things you forgot to consider.
- You get anxious.
- You’re a smart athlete, and recognize that anxiety is a bad thing. You need to control this.
- You get anxious when you realize you can’t stop being anxious.
The issue starts with the fact that our starting point is something that we ultimately can’t control. Things would play out differently if your focus is on yourself. The list of things to work on is still exhaustive, but comparatively less infinite. In addition, ultimately, the goal (growth, instead of victory) is less rigid, black-or-white. It implies inaccessibility, yet is still something to strive for.