What to Do in the Face of Fear

What’s your fear-quelling mantra?

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Women 2019, Laura Ling, award-winning journalist and TV host, shares how she gets past fear in dangerous situations. 

“I still get scared all the time,” she says. “When I'm out in the field in dangerous situations, I am totally fearful. In many ways, I think that my fear is what has kept me safe. You know, our fears can help us be more prepared.”

Watch the video to learn a tool you can use to help quell your fears in the moment.

There is a great quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, who said, "Do one thing every day that is scary or that scares you." And I love that because it forces us to think outside of our comfort zones. And it inspires us to face our fears.

Listen, I still get scared all the time. When I'm out in the field in dangerous situations, I am totally fearful. In many ways, I think that my fear is what has kept me safe. You know, our fears can help us be more prepared. I get nervous before I walk into a big important meeting. I speak to hundreds of thousands of people on a stage and I still get butterflies.

There is something that I say to myself when I'm in those moments. I say, "Laura, you can do this, you got through being held captive in North Korea. You can handle this." Now that works for me. That kind of gives me a little reset, calms me down. But I would say what is that mantra for you? Is there a mantra that can help just kind of quell those fears and to allow you to actually go out and take on that fear.
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Laura Ling

Laura Ling is an award-winning journalist and TV and web host who exposes the world to critical global issues. She is the host of Conquered on Z Living Network, and is the director of development for Discovery Digital Networks. In Mar...

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