Fear is a perfectly useful emotion if you’re being chased down the street by a snarling Doberman. It triggers the release of adrenalin, pumps blood away from non-essential tasks like digestion, and narrows our focus so that the only thing we become aware of is survival. Fear is our reptilian brain screaming, “Danger!”, and it can trigger useful, sometimes downright impressive responses.
The kind of fear I used to feel in the beginning stages of an Olympic rowing final sharpened my body. From experience, it anticipated the tremendous battle that lay ahead, and it ignited a brilliant flame of mental focus. It prepared my body to cope with the pain marked by lactic acid build and the lung burn, inevitable in an Olympic rowing final. Please view the PDF below for the entire article.