We all have fears. Some of these fears are real, but often, they are simply imagined fears that have no real basis. The problem is that often unreal fears stop us from doing the things we really want to do.
Here an example. The average taxpayer is consumed with the fear of an audit. It’s a fear that rules much of our lives, especially around tax time. But do you know your real chance of being audited are only about 9 out of 1000. So, why do we worry so about being audited? Probably because of an even bigger fear – the fear of being audited and the government finding out that we have somehow cheated and we’ll end up in jail. Well, the chances of that happening to you is about 1.6 out of 100,000.
Your chances of being injured in a car accident are far greater than your chances of going to jail for cheating on your taxes. Yet, we all seem to fear the tax man much more than the driver next to us on the highway. It’s a fear with no basis in fact, but a true fear, nonetheless.
Everyday when we want to go somewhere, we get into our cars and never worry about the dangers involved. We just get into the car and go. But when we want to go somewhere new with our life, we sit down and think about the fears of going down this new path, for example:
– we may lose our home
– we may wind up on welfare
– we may become a bag lady, homeless, or
– we may even starve to death
We’re intelligent and we don’t want these bad things to happen. So, we stop, and we don’t take the chance of going in a new direction. We limit ourselves to the safe path – the 9 to 5 job, the minuscule raise each year – instead of venturing out and testing the unknown path.
Don’t let unrealistic fears stop you from doing what you really want to do in life.
Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation. I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure. Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins. – Charles Stanley