Fear is a contradictory emotion. On one hand, it protects us. On the other hand, it prevents us from living fully. The same signal that warns us of danger can become a crippling deterrent to fulfilling our potential. Whether it’s fear of abandonment, disapproval, or failure; fear of being wrong or making mistakes; or fear of interpersonal differences, what all these fears have in common is their representation of the unknown.
Facing the unknown generally involves change. Change means risking the loss of what is familiar and comfortable. Even if what is familiar and comfortable is inadequate, undesirable, or destructive. Fear of the unknown is an insatiable thief that unapologetically robs us of discovering all the possibilities within us, around us, and between us.
The antidote for fear is courage. Courage is choosing to risk losing what is familiar in order to gain something different. The two are not necessarily mutually exclusive. We do not have to give up everything we know in order to embrace what we don’t know.
Fear keeps us complacent, satisfied with what we have become. But we are more than what we have become. Courage empowers us to become the best version of ourselves and assist others in doing the same. Be of good courage!