Hugh Jackman on FEAR: False Evidence Appearing Real

hugh-jackman-1944179352A couple weeks ago I posted an article titled “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” I posted it because I know the havoc that fear can reign on our lives, but at the end of the day it’s a natural part of life. It’s a sign post. Recently, Hugh Jackman sat down for an interview with Oprah to talk about his fears, his life, growing up with a mom who abandoned his family, etc. I really admired his honesty and how authentically he appeared to carry himself.

In this clip posted, he talks about how him and fear struggled for a while when he was shooting Les MiserablesHe said he spoke with life coach/strategist, Tony Robbins, who told him that fear will always be there and it’s there for a reason. It’s natural to want to get rid of it, but like I’ve said, it’s a signpost.

So many of us think that once we do this or that or we finish something important or finish going to therapy, the fear or anxiety will be gone, we will be happy, things will work out, but that’s not always the case. It will always be there, but it’s about recognizing it as a thought and letting that thought pass. It really can be as simple as choosing a different thought – you just have to not let your mind control you or your actions. One of my favorite ways I’ve heard fear described is as Gabrielle Bernstein said in her book May Cause Miracles FEAR is no more than “False Evidence Appearing Real.”

What were your thoughts on the clip? How do you view fear? Do you try to get rid of it or have you made peace with it?

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Rubin Khoddam, PhD Clinical Psychology student at University of Southern California, founder of Psych Connection.

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