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Fear doesn't shut you down; it wakes you up. {Veronica Roth}

No one likes fear. Fear is one of the most powerful emotions that our minds can create. It is so powerful that it can hinder your ability to think, cause your voice to quiver when you speak, and even force a physical reaction such as shaking or immobility.

On the most basic level, fear is good. It is your body alerting you that you are in danger. Unfortunately, our minds confuse physical danger (such as being chased by a lion) with social dangers (such as giving a speech). Hold on to your physical dangers; they are good. If you are being chased by a lion, you damn well better be scared.

On the other hand, do everything you can to overcome your social fears. How does fear help you give a better speech? It does not, social fears have no purpose. You can conquer nearly any fear that may befall you, if you only set the intention to do so. Fear only exists in your mind, and is dependent on you believing in it for its existence. Change your mindset and face it head on.

The blessing of fear is that you are now alert, present, awake. Now, instead of just acting from the fear, say “thank you fear for getting my attention!” Then, take a breath. Pat your fear like you would pat a dog. “Good, fear. Sit. Stay.” With your fear beside you (Heel, fear!), rather than running ahead and creating chaos, assess what your next step is. Then take that step; let your brave heart lead. I will close with the words of a very wise woman, Eleanor Roosevelt, "You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'"