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fear of the unknown

Is fear of the unknown holding you back?

The unknown.  We dread it.  It’s uncharted territory.  We don’t know what we’ll find there.  There are so many reasons for us to feel uncomfortable about this at best and to fear and avoid it at all costs at worst. We will choose to stay with what we know, no matter how uncomfortable, frustrated, unhappy even it makes us.  We will stay in a job we hate, avoid making new decisions in business, stay with an often stagnant status quo, longing for change, but unable to cross into the unknown.  

Human beings like to take the easy route

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Fear

Are you afraid of something?

“Not that I can immediately think of” many people will respond.  Yes, there are some that are afraid of spiders, birds, heights etc, but I’m thinking of a less obvious type of fear, that many of us suffer from and don’t realise it. Or if we realise it, we make sure we brush it swiftly under the carpet and get back to work.

I’m talking about fear of what people will think.  This fear is not just about big changes like changing job but something a bit more subtle.  It’s about making changes that challenge the status quo and might just elicit some response from others. This is the fear that really stops so many of us from doing so many things.  From losing weight to trying a new hobby in our spare time. At work we are fearful of the reaction of others if, as a normally quiet person, we speak out in meetings or if we change direction for our business and try out something different.

Ask yourself

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

By doing so, it can transform the way you think. Write down three things that you would do and challenge yourself to do them. How about doing it now?