Fear is like a pack of dogs – it chases us, and if we try to run or hide from it the dogs will continue their chase until finally, exhausted, we fall and are devoured.
Like the characters Hem and Haw in the classic parable Who Moved My Cheese, we sometimes find ourselves in a bad situation. For some of us, it’s unemployment. Others struggle with addiction or loneliness. The list of bad situations is a long one.
If we can trace back to what caused our predicament, it’s often (but not always), something we didn’t do. For example, we failed to anticipate change in the workplace. When our position was outsourced overseas we were blindsided and unprepared.
In the case of addiction, we self medicated with perscription drugs to grind out the work day instead of finding more fulfilling employment.
Loneliness can happen when we let opportunities to meet others pass us by.
But these examples are faux reasons. They are symptoms of a deeper issue.
Truth is, when we don’t know the outcome of a course of action, we often won’t take any action at all. Like Hem and Haw in the story, our fearful beliefs immobilize us. We would rather suffer (an outcome we know) than leave our comfort zone and venture into the unknown.
We could say fear is just shorthand for “the unknown”. And like I’ve said before, the final frontier for mankind isn’t space, it’s fear.
I’ll leave you with a question Haw asked himself during his time of crisis. It’s the turning point in the story. Answer this question honestly, and then figure out a way to make it happen. It could change your life forever:
What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?
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