Seth Godin wrote, “Most of the things we avoid are avoided because we’re afraid of being afraid."
I had to think about that for a minute, but I believe it’s absolutely true.
It’s not necessarily the challenges or the changes we know we need to make that scare us - it’s the actual fear itself. And it's usually the fear of trying new things and all that comes with change. We don’t like the feeling of being afraid, but once we realize this, it’s possible to take our focus off the fear of the unknown — the thing that is stopping us from moving forward — and instead focus on the next step we need to take to reach our goals.
I know first hand that the sensation of fear isn’t pleasant, but when we recognize the thing we’re avoiding, then we can accept that we may need to overcome it in order to achieve the things that far outweigh any negatives we may experience. It’s like working out: you’re going to experience a little huffing and puffing, and maybe even a side ache. But that’s no reason to avoid exercise and it’s tremendous benefits.
Don't be afraid to try new things - taking chances can bring you to a much better place, that place you want to be.