Since leaving the safety of corporate life and starting a business, I often have feelings of fear. Fear of the unknown road ahead, fear of what people will think if I don’t succeed, fear of not making enough money. Whenever I start to feel this way, I begin to feel stressed, demotivated and think that I’ve made a terrible mistake. But it only takes one moment of insight, reading one inspiring article or just talking to someone about an idea, then the passion kicks in and defeats the fear. Just like that. I now realise this fear is only thoughts and there is no real situation here to be fearful of.
Thoughts are not experiences
There is a difference between real fear and simply feeling scared. Fear is a natural survival instinct. If you come across a man-eating lion, it is natural to feel fear. Adrenaline pumps into your veins and your heart-rate increases to prepare you to flee for your life. These days we don’t normally have to fear man-eaters on a day-to-day basis (unless you count your boss). This residual instinct has been translated into us feeling the symptoms of fear whenever we face an uncertain situation. Feeling scared is often irrational. Our mind likes to make up scenarios in order to prepare us for some improbable future event. Unfortunately this often inhibits our sense of what really is and causes us to make up conclusions based on nothing more than day-dreams.
You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection – you cannot cope with the future. – Eckhart Tolle
So if you have dreams you aren’t following, or ideas you aren’t pursuing because your mind is making excuses for you, try to put your thoughts into perspective. After all, they can’t eat you.