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I think fear is the single largest obstacle to living deliberately. I believe it's the real reason "most men lead lives of quiet desperation," because it's easier not to think about what we're afraid of. That, in turn, prevents people from honestly examining their lives and behaviors, the basis for deliberate living.

First of all, fear is a primal, powerful emotion. It hits us in our gut, hard. We respond to it instinctually, usually without thought.

Then too, there are so many varieties of fear. Fear of change, fear of the unknown, fear of being ostracized, fear of losing our comfortable (albeit unfulfilling) lives, fear of responsibility, heck even fear of fear. It has so may forms and manifestations that it can overwhelm us without us realizing what's going on.

Finally, fear can be a very deceptive feeling. It can be difficult to identify the feeling as fear. It can disguise itself as something else: anger, jealousy, envy, hatred, love, anything but what it is. It can hide in a kind of undefineable, indescribable "bad feeling".

So how do you deal with and overcome your fear in order to live deliberately?
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