WHY SO MUCH FEAR?
FEAR. It’s all the rage.
Why? Is this really news? Are people more afraid than before?
I don’t think so–it’s the environment that has changed. Jobs are becoming commodities and the world is getting busy. It’s harder to stand out.
And with these changes, our fear (that was always there) is activated.
SETH GODIN ON FEAR
As a lot of you know, I’ve been reading a lot of Seth Godin in the past six months. He’s brilliant and gets me thinking. Seth teaches on ideas like “making a ruckus,” “being remarkable,” and “creating your art.” All of these involve doing or making something that must be open to criticism.
In a recent post, Seth says our fear stops us from being open, generous, and connected, which lead us to isolate ourselves and not take risk.
Fear of failure, intimacy and vulnerability. Fear closes us up, causes us to self-focus and to disconnect.
Seth attributes all this fear to the part of the brain physiologically responsible for rage, survival, and fear: the amygdala. He says he’s afraid every day, but it’s a reminder to him that he needs to do the very things he’s afraid of.
I love Seth’s insight (and much of it is still helpful), but fear is an emotion and cannot simply be overcome by work. He may take part in this diagnosis but not the cure.
So how do we overcome it?
LOVE: FEAR’S TRUE VICTOR
When we find our own foundation and are supported in our work by those around us, we can get back to first principles, to realizing our own dreams and making our own art by supporting others first and always.
As a Christian, his final words are pretty shocking. Seth knows something about vulnerability and the success of authenticity in marketing. To “support others first” is noble and he’s so close to finding the only true victor of fear, but he comes up short.
I know what you’re thinking: “Who are you to discredit Seth Godin?” Well, he’s a guy that was born into this world outside of his control, just like me. Seth is one of the most insightful thinkers on societal trends, the future of business, and marketing. But this doesn’t make him God or the solution to the damaged hearts of man.
Before Seth Godin there was Jesus, who said,
Perfect love casts out fear.
Loving the sovereign, relational God frees us of fear’s grip and allows us to serve others.
Go love, and fear not.