Daily Stoic Entry #251: Do I Rule My Fears, Or Do They Rule Me?

September 9th, 2022

Dennis Greenwood
2 min readMay 11, 2024

Follow along with my personal daily stoic journal, unfiltered, unedited (except for some spelling mistakes).

Morning Reflection:

I've said before that fear is a problem in my life, keeping me back from achieving what I truly want. It's very difficult to shed that cloak that hangs over my mind. We've all felt the frustrations of feeling like you're holding yourself back and can't seem to break through. The fear in that equation is the worst offender in emotions holding us back.

Evening Reflection:

There's nothing enjoyable about letting fear creep into your mind and knowing afterwards and especially knowing afterwards that it wasn't necessary. Fear of failure, fear of being judged, fear of success, fear of change, fear of vulnerability, fear of rejection, fear of being alone, fear of financial ruin, fear of not being good enough. Every single one of us experience these feelings in different degrees. Do I have a sense that I rule my fears? Not really, if we're being honest. But there are certain fears I'm better at managing and attacking. Or working through the fear at least. Others, not so much.

Title prompts are taken from The Daily Stoic Journal by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman.

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Dennis Greenwood

Data Analyst by day, writer by night. Figuring out life one day at a time. A life unexamined is not worth living so I write. . https://ko-fi.com/dennisgreenwood