What does your fear do for you?
Everyone has fear. Regardless of your level of success or accomplishments in life, you possess some form of fear. This fear can be a good thing. It can be a huge motivating factor. In fact, the brain processes fear and motivation in the same area. Essentially, fear and motivation go hand in hand. Living on the other side of motivation is fear. However, fear can also be crippling. If you allow it to, fear can paralyze you and cause you to become stagnant.
Two Types of Fear
There are two main types of fear that exist in the world: the fear of the staying the same and the fear of the unknown. One of these fears can be conquered. The other never goes away. If you’re not in a position that you desire the fear of staying the same should drive you to change and seek the unknown. If your back is against the wall you’ve got nothing to gain by staying the same. Your fear of the unknown can never outweigh your fear of staying the same.
You don’t have to live in fear, but you have to learn to live with fear. Fear is ever-present, it’s always going to exist. But it doesn’t have to cripple you. When you stop trying to eliminate fear from your life (an impossible task) you open yourself up to understanding what exactly your fear is and how to handle it. Your fear is going to fall into one of the two categories: fear of the unknown or fear of staying in your current situation.
None of us can control the future. We can anticipate and prepare for events to occur, but the future is always going to possess an aspect of the unknown. You really can’t overcome the fear of the unknown, but you can use it to motivate yourself to take action and eliminate the fear of staying the same. If you allow your fear of the unknown to motivate you, you’re going to spend your time working towards ensuring that you and those around you are in the best possible situation. No longer will you be torn between the fear of change and the fear of staying the same. You’ll realize that only one of these fears holds negative consequences and is holding you back from your future success.
It’s time to switch your fears. Once you do this, you’ll begin to realize that the fear of the unknown is natural, you’re not alone, and it’s simply another opportunity waiting to motivate you!
Dr. Nathan Unruh, CXO SIDECAR