(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)


It’s natural from time to time to be concerned about something. When you’re concerned you think about the situation, perhaps heighten your awareness, and make plans for various contingencies. Concern is a useful tool of successful people. When you train yourself to ask “what-if” in the face of imagined circumstances, you are using healthy concern to increase your chances for success.

On the other hand, fear around a “what-if” can paralyze you and keep you from taking action when the unusual happens.

Concern motivates. Fear paralyzes.

(By the way, worry shares with concern the attractive attributes of vigilance and simulation of possible futures, but worry adds the energy-draining tension which accompanies fear. Worry is a milder form of fear not a heightened form of concern. Worry can be your indicator that you have slipped into fear.)


Coaching Point: Where is one place you can practice concern so that, if a situation arises, you can avoid locking up in fear?


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