First, you must begin with one of the most important practices in the Stoic tradition: the premeditation of evils.
What is the worst that can go wrong…the absolute worst?
Feel it in your bones and skin.
Understand what it will look and taste like.
Now you’ve removed the surprise and some of the fear.
You’ve readied yourself for the worst.
As Seneca put it best, “the man who has anticipated the coming of troubles takes away their power when they arrive.”
Now comes preparation:
What can do you do to prepare yourself?
What options do you have when the worst case happens?
How can you prevent it from happening?
What can you do today to reduce the chances of the worst happening?
If it does happen, how can you bounce back?
Write it all down on paper and think it through.
Next, you must embrace practice.
When you can study and learn from what has failed in the past, or prepare for what might fail in the future, you reduce your fear.
In short, this is blueprint that you require to take control over fear:
1) What is the worst that can happen?
Write it down.
2) Ask how you can prevent it and journal solutions.
3) Practice reduces fear: do whatever is necessary to know that you have steadied yourself and prepared with all of your effort.
“Let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”
— Franklin D Roosevelt
@jason one of my all-time favorite quotes.
Be kind, be helpful or begone!