Don’t let your fear of what could happen make nothing happen.
Have you ever feared that you’ll let yourself down again? Have you ever felt scared that you won’t ever reach your goals? Have you ever thought, how can I trust myself that this time I’ll actually stick to my plan to lose weight?
As I’m realizing, fear is what holds me back time and time again in trying to lose weight. Mostly, I get scared at letting myself down again. Then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy resulting in letting myself down again. Hmm, imagine that!
A few days or weeks later, I pump myself up and try again.
…then that fear creeps back in.
It is common to be afraid to fail.
Katie Rickel, PhD explains, “There is an underlying fear that can stall even the most well-crafted eating and exercise program, and these fears create subconscious motives to continue engaging in unhealthy behaviors.”
Irrational fears can prevent us from doing things that would ultimately allow us to be happier and more successful. Fear is irrational.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it best: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
So what can we do when fear overrides our path to living a healthier lifestyle?
“Do the next right thing.”
So, let’s not look at the big whole scary picture. Let’s take it one smart decision at a time. Know that at this very moment, you can’t be afraid of failure because right now you are succeeding because you made this one good choice.
This way, suggests spiritual teacher Isha Judd in Moving Beyond Fear, “instead of allowing insecurity to dominate our actions, we will be able to flow with the unexpected, the new, even though the fear may still be present.”
Let’s not let fear stop us from achieving what we know we want and what we deserve. Tell fear to take a hike and just do the next right thing.
Your turn: What are you afraid of?