How to Become Fearless

Fear out of weakness is something to be conquered:

1. Foolish fear?

The first step is to realize when your fear is foolish. Wisdom is the goal. From a rationalistic perspective, if your fear holds you back from achieving your desired outcomes, then fear is bad.

I feel like in order to become fearless, obey your rational side.

2. Practice

In order to become more fearless, you must practice facing your fear. For example, whenever I see something I want to do, and I feel fear, it is simply another mark of enthusiasm.

For example, when it comes to street photography, when I see something I wanna photograph and I feel a small bit of fear, it is a sign that it might be a good photograph.

3. Lean into your fear

To feel fear is human. But what if we don’t want to be human, and we desire to become more inhuman? Then to me, being able to abolish your fear is a good idea.

When it comes to something you fear, face it head on. Then once your face it head on, you realize that what you feared is often not that bad. I called this the ice water bath theory: just jump into it. The best way to build cold-weather and cold water tolerance is to not think and just do it.

As a personal note, I’ve only taken ice cold showers for the last seven years with great results.

I also find that a good way to hype yourself up is take huge breaths of air. This is what I did when I first started doing cold showers, and also would I do before powerlifting a one rep max attempt.

4. Get into powerlifting

Fear is a physiological phenomenon. I find the best way to conquer your fears is to build your physical strength. For example, powerlifting. There is a small bit of fear associated before you attempt a new one rep max attempt, but the more you do it, the less fear you will feel.

The more you do one rep max attempts, and the longer you get into powerlifting, the more accustomed your body is to the physiological feelings of fear. And even though there’s a small bit of fear you might hurt or injure yourself, and you just do it, and you either succeed or fail but don’t get injured, it is a huge confidence booster. You feel invincible.

The best way to avoid injury in powerlifting is simple: don’t use belts or straps or any of those strange equipments. when you’re warming up, do lots of yoga style stretching, and the more flexible you become, the less likely you are to injure yourself.

Also, with squats use a power rack with safety pins on the side, so in case you can’t get up, you could just bail the bar behind you.

With deadlift, do sumo style, with a mixed grip and chalk on your heaviest lifts.

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And instead of benchpress, just do very heavy dumbbell presses. This way you don’t need a spotter, and in case you can’t get up the weight, you could just bail the dumbbells to the side.

5. Pride

Make it a point of personal pride to know that it is in your power to become fearless. It is a goal that you want to achieve, and studying stoicism also helps.

STOICISM 101

Become invincible:

  1. Extreme Stoicism
    Ethics are Aesthetic
  2. Indifference to Pain or Suffering
  3. When is Stoicism Good? When is Stoicism Bad?
  4. Why Others Criticize or Insult You
  5. True Difficulty
  6. What if Covid Never Goes Away?
  7. SUPER STOIC
  8. Anti-Hedonism
  9. HOW TO CONQUER FEAR
  10. ANTI FEAR
  11. It is the Duty of the Strong to Help the Weak
  12. The Goal is to Become Stronger
  13. HYPER STOICISM
  14. HYPER HERO
  15. TRANSFORM EVERY DOWNSIDE INTO AN UPSIDE
  16. STOICISM x Child’s Mind
  17. The Art of Manly Virtue
  18. Resistance Makes Us Stronger!
  19. DON’T LIVE IN FEAR
  20. Emotions are Good
  21. Conquer Your Anger
  22. BLACK EAGLE
  23. DIFFICULTY AWAKENS YOUR INNER-GENIUS.
  24. STOICISM IS ARMOR FOR THE MIND
  25. The Spartan-Stoic Lifestyle
  26. How I Conquered Fear
  27. HOW TO CURE FEAR.
  28. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL.
  29. The Upside of Poverty
  30. How I Became Me
  31. THE WILL TO POWER, OR THE WILL TO FEAR?
  32. ATTACK REALITY
  33. Living *THROUGH* History
  34. How to Fear Less
  35. Fear is the Ultimate Contagious Disease
  36. STOICISM FOR DUMMIES
  37. Don’t Be Scared!
  38. WHAT CAN YOU CONTROL, WHAT CAN YOU NOT CONTROL?
  39. HOW YOU CAN CONQUER FEAR
  40. YOU’RE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK YOU ARE.
  41. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
  42. WHY AREN’T THINGS WORSE?
  43. My Philosophy on Masculinity
  44. A Riskier Life is a Better Life #philosophy #stoicism
  45. How to Creatively Flourish in Life
  46. Introduction to Stoicism
  47. How to Become Stronger
  48. How to Conquer Depression With Photography
  49. What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
  50. How to Respect Yourself
  51. How to Believe in Yourself
  52. How to Steer Fear
  53. How to Conquer Pessimism
  54. How to Conquer Anxiety
  55. How to Overcome Your Fear of People
  56. How to Be Optimistic
  57. Why I Don’t Take My Anger Seriously
  58. HOW TO BECOME MORE POWERFUL
  59. POSITIVITY.
  60. HOW TO BECOME SUPERHUMAN
  61. How to Give a Fuck Less
  62. ALL IN.
  63. Why I Cut My Dad Out of My Life.
  64. Your iPhone Only Has 5% Battery Left.
  65. How not to give a FUCK about your REPUTATION
  66. WHAT IS A HUMAN?
  67. HAPPINESS.
  68. The Regret Minimization Framework in Photography and Life
  69. How to Be a HERO
  70. Conquer Your Fears by Making Fear Your Slave
  71. Rule Circumstances; Don’t Let Your Circumstances Rule You
  72. How to Love Yourself
  73. How to Turn Shit into Gold
  74. Your Parents Fuck You Up
  75. Immortality
  76. What Kills You Makes You Stronger
  77. How to Be Patient
  78. How to Conquer Anger
  79. How to Bounce Back in Life
  80. How to Overcome Resistance
  81. Nothing Unlimited is Good; Nothing Good is Unlimited
  82. You Have No Limits
  83. Can 1’s and 0’s Hurt You?
  84. The Envious Moment is Flying Now
  85. Tomorrow We’ll Sail the Wide Seas Again
  86. How to Forgive Others
  87. Focus on Your Actions, Not the Results
  88. Everything Will Be Alright
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  90. How to Be a Spartan Photographer
  91. How to Overcome Your Fears in Life
  92. How to Stop Worrying in Life
  93. How to Use Photography as Self-Therapy
  94. How to Free Your Soul From Disturbance
  95. 3 Stoic Techniques that Can Help You Gain Tranquility
  96. Can People Weaker than You Hurt You?
  97. Does a Doctor Get Angry at a Crazy Patient?
  98. Own Nothing

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