Sabre-Toothed Tigers, Woolly Mammoths and Empowered Artists

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Our hearts race, our palms sweat and a rush of adrenaline floods our blood stream.

Our first instinct when we feel fear is to run away from it, as fast as we can.

Most of the time, our instinct to run away is the exact opposite of what we should be doing instead.

In modern times, we don’t have sabre-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths chasing us around and threatening our very existence.

Most of our fears today are caused by our anxieties around potentially negative social consequences that may come to pass if we do something.

Put simply: we’re afraid of what people will think of us if we do something.

We’re scared to death about future events that will likely never happen.

We fear that we’ll be rejected by our loved ones and our peers if we put out a song that they don’t love or if we put up a video that doesn’t get the reaction we had hoped for.

We fear that we’ll be banished from our “tribe” if we aren’t perfect.

The problem is that our bodies and minds perceive these psychological anxieties as if they’re real life-threatening events and they put up their defenses accordingly.

You’re scared to go on stage and your body reacts as if there’s a sabre-toothed tiger chasing you.

An empowered artist knows the difference between what’s actually happening and her body’s reaction to what’s happening.

Just because your body is on high alert due to anxiety about a future that isn’t likely to happen doesn’t mean that you need to run away from your fear.

In fact, it probably means that you should run toward the very thing that scares you to death.