i read this last night
sincere motivation acts as an antidote to reduce fear and anxiety
the closer one gets to being motivated by altruism, the more fearless one becomes in the face of even extremely anxiety-provoking circumstances. but the same principle can be applied in smaller ways, even when one’s motivation is less than completely altruistic. standing back and simply making sure that you mean no harm and that your motivation is sincere can help reduce anxiety in everyday situations
consequently, if i really think about my motivation in future attempts to meet people and realize that it comes from just wanting to love and be loved in return, then perhaps i won’t be so shy. i don’t mean anyone any harm and i sincerely want to have more good people in my life.