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Our response to fear is the single most important factor in the outcome of our lives – it is the differentiator between boy and man, between growth and stagnation, between life and death – so here are 10 powerful quotes on facing your fears, outlining why it’s so essential we tackle fear head-on.

Each of these quotes on facing your fears has been specially selected, coming from men who’ve achieved incredible things by facing fear and using it to power their transformation.

While the comfort zone can be a tempting retreat when panic, anxiety and challenges loom, the first lesson a man must learn is that the comfort zone will eventually suffocate us with its warm embrace.

Life is a dance between noble suffering in which we chart new territory and make it known and rest in which we recharge and plan our next move before facing the next challenge in front of us.

The rules are simple: if we stay in rest too long, we decay.

Similarly, if we stay in suffering too long, we decay.

Henceforth, we need to constantly be in the process of facing that which is beyond us, actually shooting for it and then processing it – this is how a man builds character.

To help you on this mission, here are 10 powerful quotes on facing your fears:

1: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit at home and think about it – go and get busy!” – Dale Carnegie

2: ‘Man in the Arena’ – Teddy Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

3: “He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

4: “If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?” —Confucius

5: “Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death.” – James F. Byrnes

6: “We are more often frightened than hurt and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.” – Seneca

7: “Don’t fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail.” – Bruce Lee

8: “What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

9: “Fear of loss, fear of failure, fear of being hurt, and so on, but ultimately all fear is the ego’s fear of death, of annihilation.” – Eckhart Tolle

10: “Men are not afraid of things, they are afraid of how they view them.” – Epictetus

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