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Daily Lift #658

Preempt Your Fears

"If you have something negative about yourself that you wish to share with others, take the initiative to say it right from the beginning." (Talmud - Baba Kama 92b)

This is an effective tool to use when it comes to overcoming needless fears of other people. If you want to ask a question and are afraid that someone will become angry at you, at times it's worthwhile to start off, "I would like to ask you a question, but I am afraid to ask."

Most people will reply, "You don't need to be afraid. Feel free to ask."

(From Rabbi Pliskin's book, "Courage")

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