What is your problem? I’m talking about your fear problem. Is it fear of rejection, failure, lack, success, looking stupid or smart — the list goes on doesn’t it. If we were to fully sum up all those fears into one big category, it would be fear of the unknown.
Fred Smith, Dissecting Sense from Nonsense. Insights from a Layman, states “A problem is something I can do something about. If I can’t do anything about it, it is not my problem. It doesn’t become my problem until I can do something about it. If I can’t do anything about it, it’s my fact of life. And I have to constantly be able to recognize facts of life, accept them, live with them and not consider them problems. I can’t solve things that can’t be solved; therefore I don’t spend time thinking about them.”
The good thing about fear of the unknown is that it stops being a problem when it becomes known. Therefore, whatever your unrealistic fear problem is, you can do something about it.
What you don’t know often appears scary but it really is not. It scares you to the point where you would rather not do anything because doing something involves taking a risk. It’s a chance to fail. Yet, it is also a chance to succeed at something yo have never done before, or only dreamed of doing, or wished you could do because others have done it so why can’t you.
What if you took some time to know something about that thing you are so fearful of? Would it be scary then? Knowing what it is you are up against, or facing, can really help to take away some of that fear so that it no longer is a problem. It stops being “unknown” to something you know. And because you are knowledgeable of it you are now in control. In other words, the more you know, the less you fear.
So again let me ask you, what is your problem? Can you eliminate this problem by taking action. Then go ahead. Get ready. Take aim and Kick Fear Now.
Excerpt from “Dissecting Sense from Nonsense. Insights from a Layman” by Fred Smith. Leadership Journal. Vol 1(1) Winter 1980, p. 105.