So, I think that it's safe to say that everybody has a fear of some form or another whether they admit it or not, is a completely different story.
William James is Quoted as Saying:
"Everybody should do at least two things each day that he hates to do, just for practice."
What is William James talking about here, the ability to step out of your comfort zone in order to find things in life that could not only bring you joy, but also be part of your purpose in life. When I began my journey down the road of Psychology, I knew that I would have to do a few internships. I was and still am slightly terrified of getting into the room with someone and completely failing. My undergrad internship was working with individuals in a testing room, going through IQ testing and a few other test that I watch via the video. Afterwards, I would score their test information and enter it into the computer. I remember being scared witless hearing about all the things that I would be doing, but I knew that that was no reason not to move forward. In fact, I was determined that because I had that little feeling of fear in my gut, I must be on the right track.
So, I urge you to think about the situations before you before fear takes over.
Definition of “fear” from Merriam-Webster
So, ask yourself the next time something comes into your path that seems like a great opportunity, but seems scary. Which one of these definitions is your gut really trying to tell you. Some of the greatest things in our lives can come from our greatest fears and the road with which they encourage us to take. Take for instance, as an introvert you rarely if ever talk to people. What could they be missing out on, love or a new job opportunity? This includes doing things that you plumb hate or dislike because of the opportunities that could exist.
I would also like to add that this also includes things that you fear. Of course, if one of your fears is death then I ask that you please not try to do as many reckless things as possible in order to overcome this. Instead, live your life in a different way that allows you to come to terms with the idea of death. Write your pros and cons list if you must. Become in tune with your inner thoughts, feelings and emotions to increase your own intuition. Little by little, you’ll begin to open new doors for yourself and even if you fall on your face, you’ll be able to pick yourself back up, dust yourself off and move one, still using that gut feeling as a guide and not a lock.
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