Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.

If our soldiers are not overburdened with money, it is not because they have a distaste for riches; if their lives are not unduly long, it is not because they are disinclined to longevity.

On the day they are ordered out to battle, your soldiers may weep, those sitting up bedewing their garments, and those lying down letting their tears run down the cheeks. But them once be brought to bay, and they will display the courage of a Chu or a Kuei.

–Sun Tzu, The Art of War, Chapter XI: The Nine Situations, [26-28].

For cryin’ out loud, they’re only miniatures.

It’s just a game, right?

You’re not a real commander with real soldiers on the battlefield.

Then why do some of us feel trepidation? Why do we fear defeat?

Why do I sometimes blow on my dice before I roll them?

Just as in the real world, whether in business, public speaking, or in actual war, the best way to conquer fear is to be prepared.

Victoria amat praeparatio: Victory loves preparation.

Nihil timendum est: Fear nothing.

Next on The Art of Wargaming:

Fight Like the Shuai-Jan.