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Lee Chambers Presents "How To Conquer Anything"

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Here at Cambridge, we always encourage our students to learn and develop themselves in a variety of areas of life.

A select number of psychology students have the chance to meet Lee and sample an excerpt from the upcoming book ‘How To Conquer Anything’, by Lee Chambers, MSc Environmental Psychologist and Wellbeing Consultant from the University of Surrey. He is also the founder of Essentialise

He is also hosted a webinar for another group of students which was certainly insightful in these challenging times. Below is a sample from the chapter on fear, with permission from Mr Chambers.

The first big idea is the heartbeat of optimizing. This class could have been called Courage 101, Conquering Fear 101, Courage 101, but we’ve got to remember that Aristotle’s number one virtue when he tells us that the meaning of life is to basically reach our potential to live as a eudaimon, have a good soul to be the best version of ourselves. You do that by living with virtue and the number one virtue? Courage. It’s the heartbeat of optimizing. The heartbeat of you becoming the best version of you. I say heartbeat because the word courage comes from the Latin word that means heart. Just as your heart vitalizes your arms and legs and other organs, vital organs, courage vitalizes the other virtues. We’re also going to talk about a great quote from a guy name Stan Beecham, leading modern day mental toughness coach. He says, “Fear is standing in the way of you reaching your potential. Therefore, conquering fear should be your number one priority. Your primary goal in life.” Powerful stuff, we’ll talk about that more. Second big idea. When we want to conquer fear is to know that it’s not just you. You’re not alone. I wish someone told me when I was five years old and 15 years old and 25 and 35 that it’s not about me being me, as my old coach Steve Chen would used to say, it’s about me being human. We all experience fear as David Reynolds says, a Zen psychotherapist, “Anybody who says they’re never afraid is both and I quote stupid and lying.” Common humanity. We all experience fear. Let’s quit shaming ourselves, we will talk about that more. The third big idea is to seek. We’re going to look at the etymology of the word conquer. “Con” + “quer.” Two latin words. Basically it means to successfully seek. That’s what conquest means, conquer means. To successfully seek. The “quer” part of it means to seek. If we want to conquer fear, paradoxically, we need to seek fear. We need to quit avoiding things that freak us out and lean into them, approach them as psychologists would say. We’re going to talk about the importance of that and walking through fear doors, an idea we talked about in greatest fear over 2019. The fourth big idea, we want to become master alchemists. The subtitle for the class is alchemizing fear into excitement. That energy you feel when you feel fear is neutral energy until you put meaning on it. We want to use that neutral energy to our advantage by alchemizing it. We’re actually going to reference Paulo Coelho in his Alchemist. A couple of great quotes in there. He says, “You’ve got a mission in life and the only thing that’s standing in the way of making it possible is your fear of failure.” We want to become master alchemists using every moment to move from fear to excitement. Those little micro moments of stepping through those fear doors are going to give us the power we need to reach our potential.

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