Do It Scared

Exposure therapy is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps patients overcome anxiety.

Once someone has expressed a willingness to confront their fears, their therapist will slowly start to introduce the stimuli that incites panic over a series of weeks.

A person who's scared of spiders, for example, might start by just looking at small pictures of spiders before slowly working up to interacting with a live one.

It can be an incredibly effective technique. Fear doesn't typically vanish on its own. It takes practice – you have to lean into it just the right amount. Give your mind a chance to realize that this is not a life or death situation, then lean in further.

And you don't need clinical anxiety or a severe phobia to apply this to your life. For anything outside of your comfort zone, you can start small by finding your personal adjacent possible, then go big.

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