Why fear is a powerful cue for growth

This week's question from my portal “The Neagle Code: Directions for Life” comes from Cindy L.

Neagle Code Question

Hello David,

I am at a point of stepping forward within my work as a therapist, and have already been invited to present at a couple of conferences, which offer great networking opportunities. What I have noticed with this clarity of how to move forward, is my utter terror about presenting and promoting myself and what I do, with clear intention to step up and move forward……WHY?

Thank you for any help with this.

Neagle Code Answer

Hi Cindy and thanks for your question!

The answer to your question is both simple and complicated…let me explain.

The primary reason you are feeling terror is because your sub-conscious mind views any growth as risk.

You see, your sub-conscious mind is your feeling mind and it uses those feelings to attempt t keep you exactly where you are.


Because keeping you where you are means that you are “safe”.

What you’re about to do requires growth on your part. It requires you to step out and experience things you have never experienced before, and your sub-conscious senses that “risk”.

Speaking on stage opens you up to judgment and vulnerability, which again, your sub-conscious perceives as “risk”.

Always remember…Spirit does not speak to you through fear.

So every time you feel that terror, recognize that it’s your sub-conscious mind trying to keep you from moving forward and KEEP GOING!

To help you better understand the fear you’re feeling you may want to take a deep look into your thoughts and beliefs.

Do you have a fear of being seen? A fear of judgment? A fear of looking foolish?

Doing some introspective thinking may shine some light on what is giving your sub-conscious the power it has to cause you to feel that terror.

However, regardless, you must keep moving forward…that’s the only way through the fear to your success.

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  1. Fear is supported by beliefs and a conditioned mind. Typically there are 13 specific beliefs that are the problem for having the “fear of public speaking”. Eliminate the 13 beliefs and a couple of “pavlov” dog type conditionings and the fear goes away. “Feel the fear and do it anyway” was a strategy for the 1980’s but not for 2015. Fear is an effect, the cause is beliefs.

    • First off, thanks for the post Simon. Fear is definitely supported by ones belief system, there is no arguing that. The problem is that you cannot allow fear to rule your life because if you do then you will get absolutely nowhere. Fear is created in our own minds as a way to stop us from reaching our true potential, period. If you allow it to gain a foot hold, it will tear you down until there is nothing left. Your ego wants you to be safe, and it creates the fear in order to keep you exactly where you are. If you like it there, live in fear and be done with it. If you don’t, then step into the fear and know that its a lie. Also, I’m not sure what you meant by the “…strategy for the 1980’s but not for 2015” reference you mentioned. Would love to hear your take on that.