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The Fear that needs slaying…

By Marcus Santer

The Sunday Quote:

“Danger is very real, but fear is a choice.”
Will Smith in the film ‘After Earth’

I’ve been working my way slowly through Mike Gillette’s Psychology of Strength.

It’s very good.

Well worth savouring like one of Clarabella’s home cooked pizza’s but with fewer calories.

He makes the case for there being 2 types of fear:

1) Real Fear – Imagine you’re taking a short cut down a dark alley and as you start walking you notice a figure hiding in a doorway holding a knife. That’s a real, life threatening event. You decide to run like crazy (a good choice) and live to fight another day.

2) Ego Fear – This is fear linked to an event that isn’t life threatening. Something like giving a speech, cold calling or asking that person you fancy out on a date. There’s a very real fear you might end up coming off as less than perfect. But you’re life isn’t in danger.

Mike says Ego based fear is simply a dragon that needs slaying.

But that doesn’t mean it’s easy.

Hell no, you’re going to need courage.

And because of my previous research into fear, chances are you’re gonna need a lot of courage.

How come?

Well, it’s all to do with your Reptilian Complex – one of the 3 parts of your brain. The Triune Brain is a model of the evolution of the brain and human behaviour as proposed by American physician and neuroscientist Paul D. Maclean

Here’s an extract from page 124 of my book: Smiling From The Heart:

Reptilian ComplexThe job of this part of your brain is to ensure your continued survival and it’s very good at it. It is linked to the following emotions: revenge, anger, hunger, fear, selfishness and feeling horny.

The reptilian complex is survival focused and will try to block you from doing ANYTHING it perceives as a threat to your life.

Trouble is it mistakes:

And so on as life threatening.

To the reptilian complex there are no half measures.

It takes its job very seriously and has a million and one ways to shut you down.

And that’s a real problem if you know a particular course of action is going to benefit your health, wealth or family’s well being – but you’re fear is holding you back.

So the question is…

How do you slay this dragon?

The answer is… It takes courage.

There’s no easy way out of this one I’m sorry to say.

And here’s what Mike has to say on the subject:

“it’s okay not to feel courageous you simply need to act courageous and to do that you simply do the thing that scares you.”




Ugh, ugh.

Just know that everyone experiences the effects of the reptilian complex, it’s simply that some people have had more practice at managing it than others.

Armed with the information in this Z+D what dragons is it time you sorted out?

Bye for now


P.S. The prototype of the ZEN+ Workshop I’m running on the weekend of June 13th and 14th is looking like a total flop.

I’ve had zero people reserve a place.

So if you’re hanging around waiting until the last moment to book your place, don’t.

Because if I haven’t got 5 people by Wednesday, I’m pulling the plug and switching to plan B.

Now I don’t know what Plan B is yet.

But I know I’ll find one.

If you need more information about the prototype ZEN+ Workshop I’m running…

Read this post: Your invitation to join me at Church Farm

Or if your ready to book your slot for the never to be repeated price of just £50…


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