Fear of the unknown is a common fear that can hold us back from living our best. Sometimes we find ourselves avoiding new opportunities because we are afraid of what the outcome might be. Even most times we ignore taking a change in our lives because we are not sure of what will happen.
Fear is an emotion that often holds people back from achieving their goals. Yet, the fear of the unknown doesn’t have to stop you from living your life.
One of the most common human experiences is fear. Everyone feels it at some point, and it serves an important purpose: to keep us safe from harm.
Fear is usually triggered by something that we perceive as a threat, and it prompts us to take action to avoid or escape the danger. However, sometimes we can find ourselves feeling afraid even when there is no apparent threat.
This usually happens when we encounter something new or unfamiliar. Our brains are wired to be cautious of things that we don’t know because they could potentially be dangerous. That’s why people often feel more comfortable sticking to what they know and avoiding anything that seems different or strange.
When we are excessively afraid of something that poses no real threat, then, we call it phobia. Phobias are irrational fears that can cause tremendous anxiety and interfere with our daily lives.
People who suffer from phobias will frequently go to great lengths to avoid the things they are afraid of. For example, someone with a fear of flying may not take vacations or miss out on important business opportunities rather than getting on a plane. Or, someone with a fear of heights may avoid tall buildings and never experience the breathtaking views from the top of a skyscraper.
While a healthy level of caution can keep us safe, an excessive fear of the unknown can become damaging.
In some cases, the fear of the unknown can become so debilitating that it significantly impairs a person’s quality of life.
The fear of the unknown is a very real and powerful emotion. It can prevent us from taking risks, exploring new opportunities, and achieving our full potential. But by taking some time to get to know ourselves and what we want out of life, we can start to overcome this fear.
“F-E-A-R has two meanings: “Forget Everything And Run” or “Face Everything And Rise.” The choice is yours. Zig Ziglar.