This is an Interesting Take on Panic from Steven Pressfield.
“Creative panic is good. Here’s why: Our greatest fear is fear of success.
When we are succeeding-that is, when we have begun to overcome our self-doubt and self-sabotage, when we are advancing in our craft and evolving to a higher level-that’s when panic strikes.
It did for me when my book crashed, and it was the best thing that happened to me all year. When we experience panic, it means that we’re about to cross a threshold. We’re poised on the doorstep of a higher plane.
Have you ever watched a small child take a few bold steps away from its mother? The little boy or girl shows great courage. She ventures forth, feels exhilaration, and then…she realizes what she has done. She freaks. She bolts back to Mommy.
That’s you and me when we’re growing.
Next time, the child won’t run back to Mommy so fast. Next time she’ll venture farther.
Her panic was momentary, a natural part of the process of growth.”
This entire excerpt is from Steven Pressfield’s excellent book Do The Work page 77-78