Facing the Unknown
By Amy Maricle
Confronting the unknown is unnerving. Whether you are leaving a job, ending a relationship, having a baby, or starting a business, the unknown has a way of bringing up our deepest fears.
What if I’m not good enough? What if they don’t like me? What if I fail? What if I’m a bad person? Stepping into the unknown can be really uncomfortable.
Of course change is scary. When I left my full time job and started a private practice, I was terrified that I would fail. I had pre-conceived notions of what I could and could not do. And then I heard a talk from Ariane de Bonvoisin about the qualities of people who manage change successfully.
It shifted things for me. First I decided that I was allowed to fail. Then I realized my anxiety was important – necessary even. When I stopped fighting against it, it lost a lot of steam, and I could look at each fear and address it.
It was one scariest changes I ever made – and also one of the best. Isn’t that often true?
What changes are you making? Have you confronted the unknown? Tell us about it in the comments section.
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