Is there a shortcut to living a good life? If there is, it’s this:
Follow the butterflies.
It’s really very simple:
The more fear you feel when contemplating a positive course of action, the more important that course of action is to your soul, and the greater the reward for completing it.
Of course, most of us, most of the time, do exactly the opposite. We have a thought. We feel fear. We interpret that fear as a sign to retreat to safety. Except… we were never in any danger. Over time this becomes habitual, and we become more and more fearful.
If you want to be happy, do the opposite.
Realise that your fears are guiding you in the direction which will fulfil you the most. Every time you act despite being afraid, you prove to yourself that you weren’t in danger after all. You grow. It becomes easier and easier to do. You become less and less fearful.
So when the thought of doing something gives you butterflies in your stomach, err on the side of doing it, not wimping out.