Last updated on March 2nd, 2017
…From Trying New Things.
Among the top fears for most people are the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown.
I recently came across a quote (unknown source) that reads, “Don’t fear failure so much that you refuse to try new things. The saddest summary of life contains three descriptions: could have, might have, and should have.”
I suppose that the older one gets, the more one reflects back upon life. I wonder how many people end up regretting not having done ‘this’ or ‘that’, and I’ll bet that the reasons for not having tried or done ‘that’ include the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown…
How to overcome your fear of failure and the fear of the unknown:
Don’t let ‘worry’, ‘fear’, and ‘doubt’ define who you are. These emotions may end up causing regrets such that you ‘could have’ ‘might have’ or ‘should have’ done this or that…
Many of us will ‘dream’ of or ‘wish’ of doing or accomplishing something that may seem difficult to actually do, or maybe even ridiculously difficult, however many of us will let doubt and fear of the unknown get the better of us.
It is true that these emotions are part of our ‘built-in’ survival interface, however these same emotions can really hinder us from going further in life.
So how do we get through it?
“Push forward no matter what.” Force yourself to move towards your fear.
“Get comfortable with your fear.” Action builds courage.
“This fear will pass.” (tell yourself)
“Think positive.” Don’t dwell on the fear. Dwell on the solutions.
“Opportunity may pass you by.” (if you don’t take action)
“Motivation through the successes of others.” Others have done it, so can you.
“Do not doubt your success.” Plan and be deliberate in your steps.
I post these thoughts today partly because ‘preparedness’ is a process that may begin with the fear of the unknown, however to actually become better prepared we must push through the fear of the unknown and take action.
Additionally, there are often many excuses as to why we might choose NOT to do something (sometimes because it may be way out of our comfort zone, or we’re afraid of the unknown), however if we force ourselves to just do it – we are often rewarded for the new experience or accomplishment. These things fill our lives as we look back and reflect…
Break through the fear and remove or go around any obstacles that may stand in your way.
I cannot tell you how many times that I have been apprehensive about doing something or taking on a project, task, or ‘other’ that involves stepping into the unknown. It can be a fearful thing. But I can tell you that you will be the better for it afterwards. And the more that you challenge yourself, the easier it becomes the next time…