#46: Healthy Fears
Tremendously valuable form of negative motivation
Fear motivation is a negative form of motivation. It doesn’t promise a reward but an escape. I used to be opposed to cultivating or even embracing this form of motivation: it’s unhealthy to tap into fear to live a happy life. Yet, a healthy fear is tremendously valuable because of how powerful it is.
For example, a fear of delusion motivates me better than the desire for the truth. It is my fear of operating with half-truths that drives me to be hyper-attentive to reality. It is my fear of being wrong that makes me want to double-check myself. It is meant to hurt enough to get me to get rid of the discomfort. This trend seems healthy because it is rooted in action.
Used intentionally and in the appropriate situations, healthy fears will help me to effectively mobilize my physical or mental powers. The point is not for me to be scared all the time. The point is to recognize the fear and to allow its force to drive me to resolve the fear and find peace again.