For me it’s not about “fear is good or fear is bad.”
The trick is in distinguishing which of the many voices of fear is speaking.
(I really enjoyed how Seth Godin talked about how sometimes our freakouts — especially the fear that paralyzes us, or causes us to turn back, play small, & stay in our comfort zone — are a sign that we’re on the right track! This is a HUGE insight, because incredible, amazing times like ours are demanding that we step up and into more of our greatness. (That interview is here.)
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” –Vincent Van Gogh