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Purpose negates fear

This comes from Justine Musk's amazing blog Tribal Writer:

"There’s a theory that the fear of public speaking – the most common phobia out there – has its roots in the ancient survival instinct.

"If you were out on the plains, and you felt eyes trained on you, chances were it was someone or something with hostile intentions: to kill you or eat you. It makes a lot of sense, according to that primitive part of the brain, to get the hell off the stage.

"So how can you put yourself out there and keep those eyes trained on you in a way that your old brain can tolerate?

"I think that’s where purpose comes in.

"When you connect yourself to something bigger.  When you shift your focus from your self (and your own self-consciousness) to the ideal that you want to serve, and how you embody or manifest that ideal for other people. When you know what you represent. So when your wrong people attack you (and they will) you recognize that they are attacking what they think you stand for, not you personally; and you, in turn, are defending your ideas (or opting out of the argument altogether)."

Here's the link to the whole essay: http://justinemusk.com/2012/02/03/the-art-of-becoming-a-thought-leader/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+justinemusk+%28Justine+Musk+%2F+Tribal+Writer%29