A bunch of us have written about how important it is to choose the scary option, to run toward discomfort, to "whistle for that chasing dog."
Now I don't do it voluntarily as often as I should. But I find it helps when an exposure looms or jumps out and grabs me: then I can remember that this is good for me, that I should have done this on purpose as an exposure anyway.
It helps me go from fear to inspiration, and I love that. Does it chase all the fear away? No. And if it did, it would probably be its own compulsion.
But as I deal with my fears at work (moving day is tomorrow, unless it's not!), it's helping a lot.
Bring it on, OCD, bring it on.
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