The Fear of Change Guides Our Actions

Updated: Dec 2, 2020



I've always felt like change is one of our biggest, unexamined fears in life.  If you ask most people what they are afraid of, you'll get some visceral responses (spiders, big dogs, snakes, rodents), some environmental ones (earthquakes, fires, floods), some philosophical (failure, loss, pain) and one other I hear a lot from people is the fear of public speaking.

But what I rarely hear from people is that they fear change. It isn't because they aren't afraid of it, but rather they don't consciously realize how much the fear of change guides their actions. 

Change is a universal thing and it touches everyone. And while we cannot control our lives in ways that keeps everything squarely in our comfort zone, we can dictate how we respond to the inevitability of change.

As with anything in life, as you grow, and you age, you have to find your new self. And as you do, what you really need to do is put one foot in front of the other, and just keep going. The first step in moving the ball forward is acknowledging that in order to get to where you want to go, it means that you need to not stay where you currently are.  What you have done in your life thus far has gotten you where you are today. But to get to where you want to go tomorrow, it's impossible without change. So don't let the fear of change guide what you are going to do today.

Rather, as Chris Leak said during my interview with him on the Move the Ball™ podcast, you just have to focus on the next play. Don't worry about the rest. Put that left foot in front of your right one and work on your next move. Step by step, just focus on what you need to do one play at a time. When you do that, and you trust the process, you will get across your goal line. 

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