#1748 Do the Thing You Fear

And Grow Your Brain, Hero!

In our last +1, we talked about a recent family trip to our favorite restaurant and how Emerson forged a little more confidence and became AFRAID OF ONE LESS THING by stepping through a little Fear Door (see Part I, Part II, and Part III) and doing something he was afraid to do.

It was simple…

Walking into the restaurant and asking for a takeout box.

Note: It’s in those seemingly super mundane, everyday moments in which we are given the best opportunities to forge intense trust in ourselves as we conquer the fear that gets in the way of us activating our Heroic potential.


After we celebrated his willingness to act in the presence of fear and pointed out Grandpa Phil’s wisdom that every time we “eat a death cookie” and do the thing we’re afraid to do such that we become AFRAID OF ONE LESS THING, Mommy and I shared some more wisdom on the subject.

I told him that his namesake Ralph Waldo said the same thing 150+ years ago when he told us to: “Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do.”

Then I told him that Ralph Waldo ALSO told us: “Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.”


The good ol’ Ralphie ALSO told us: “God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.”


On our drive to watch Kung Fu Panda 4 (hah), Mommy told us that Andrew Huberman recently had a great podcast in which he talked about the neuroscience supporting that truth that our brains LITERALLY grow when we go one step outside our comfort zone and DO THE THING we’re afraid to do.

Note: It SHRINKS every time you don’t.


That’s Today’s +1.

+1 or -1.
+1 or -1.
+1 or -1.

All day. Every day.

Step forward into growth.

Close the gap.

Do the thing you’re afraid to do.

Let’s grow our brains as we become afraid of one less thing.


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