Hope and Fear

Felix Baumgartner skydive

Fear, a primary emotion, is based on present events and past knowledge, an urgent feeling that may cause responses to freeze up … which can seem very powerful.

I hope I can make fear cool
-Felix Baumgartner (skydive from space)

Hope, a secondary emotion, requires flexibility and perhaps the search for new ideas, it’s a more mindful and complex process.

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Where fear is triggered by the nervous system and designed to help us cope with demanding events like danger, hope requires rational thinking and therefore originates in the brain. However, if allowed fear can on occasion present an obstacle in our minds when we’re looking for calm to prevail.

-Maria Jarymowicz and Daniel Bar-tal

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In sport the thought of negative consequences can threaten your performance through inhibition since it’s primary role is to help you reach safety.

Fear can also affect recovery from illnesses if it’s allowed to be the over-riding emotion, while hope needs mental strength.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln said a man is about as happy as he makes up his mind to be. With hope you’re about as hopeful as you make up your mind to be, your future has about as much to offer as you make up your mind to allow it to have.

Really it comes down to your philosophy. Do you want to play it safe and be good or do you want to take a chance and be great?
-Jimmy Johnson, NFL football head coach.

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When you’re not afraid to fail your chances of succeeding improve. Where does this fear come from anyway? .. Behind the fear of failure is often perfectionism. Perfection which is reinforced in our society… starting at school when we get right and wrong answers.

Beneath the desire to succeed and achieve excellence is an ultra-critical, demanding and judgemental voice. If we can trust in our abilities everything flows from there and we allow for the possibility of perfect imperfection.


We should hate to fail, but never fear it. Failure is the best teacher in the world .. almost better than winning. You can learn from what happens to you and how you feel both good and bad. Everyone makes them and we can learn from those mistakes we make.

Billie Jean King said athletes should look at failure as feedback, failing to learn is learning to fail

Micheal Jordan
calls fear an illusion. He, along with plenty of other athletes, changes fear into anger – you can run from it or you can get angry and attack it. Although, being assertive might be a more accurate term to use instead of anger.

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Good athletes take fear and turn it around, they look at it as a natural part of growing and learning. People who succeed aren’t afraid of failing.

Excellence does not require excellence
-Henry James


Hope Knows no fear

Hope dares to grow even inside the abysmal abyss

Hope secretly feeds and strengthens possibility

-Sri Chinmoy

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Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope
-Haruki Murakami

Perseverance, victory .. it never stops
Winners don’t quit