“Stress is the achiever word for fear”. I heard this on the Tim Ferris podcast while driving and it really hit home for me. I’ve set my computer so I now can’t, even write the word – if I try and write “fear” I write “fear” instead (See?).
The reason it hit so hard was because it makes it clear that so often when we say “I’m stressed” (I’ve turned off text-replace for the moment) we are using it as a status thing. We’d never say “I’m scared” in the same situation – even if it’s true. We think we are coming over as “I have so much depending on me (I am important)” rather than “I have promised things (some to myself) and I’m scared I won’t deliver)
We should start. We should start calling fear fear, the world will be better for it.