It’s so important to shine a flashlight on our fears every once in a while.
To take a moment and really examine what makes us afraid.
To unpack why we have these fears in the first place.
Some fear is necessary to survive, but too much of it and we risk holding ourselves back. It’s unfortunate how easy it is for people to let their fears control them. I think so many adults are afraid because our fears become more abstract as we get older. We’re no longer terrified of monsters under the bed, but the uncertainty of the future or failing to provide for a family.
But I want to take a moment to discuss one fear in particular. I see people struggle with this time and time again; so often it prevents them from realizing their full potential and fulfilling their dreams. What is this scary boogeyman, you ask?
That’s it. Change terrifies people, stops them in their tracks, and often kills any momentum they’ve built. And, I’ve never understood why. Change is such a natural part of life that it always seemed silly to be frightened. In fact, I attribute my success, at least in part, to my ability to embrace change. And here’s why:
If you aren’t changing, then you’re stagnating. It’s as simple as that.
At the end of the day, you can’t improve without change — and it’s impossible to build a successful life without constantly improving yourself or your business. I’ve been able to achieve so much because I don’t fear change. I stare it down and see how I can use it to my advantage. I seek out ways to improve myself, my business, and the lives of the people around me.
Don’t change “just because.”
All of this isn’t to say that you should change for the sake of it. There needs to be a purpose and drive behind your actions. No matter what you’re trying to accomplish, whether it’s financial success or a thriving personal life, you need to have clear intentions. Why are you working so hard? What’s your goal? When you answer these questions and begin working toward your goals, change will naturally follow.
So how can you get started? Start by making an action plan and determining the areas of your life that are outdated. These areas are where you should focus your attention. As you cross things off your list and follow your plan through, you’ll start to see the success you want take shape.
Remember, don’t let yourself get too comfortable. When you stay in your comfort zone, you don’t learn to adapt to new situations. Once you embrace change, you’ll learn new skills, become more confident, and be well on your way to a more successful life.
— Bob Reina
Talk Fusion CEO & Founder