|Fear, itself, is actually more painful than the thing that we’re afraid of. There have been studies that show that in medicine and other fields, the pain that you suffer in worrying about pain is almost always worse than the pain itself. Conversely, there’s something really great about overcoming dread or the something that you’ve been worrying about for a long time. You finally take the plunge: to ask a girl for her number, to travel the world, or to go back to school when you’re too old to go to school, pursuing your dreams, or doing what God has called you to do. Even if you fail, there’s a victory in overcoming your fear, isn’t there? There’s a growth that happens that even when the very thing we’re afraid of happens. Something happens in our soul, internally, and we feel more prepared to try again.