The Fear of New

People today have a serious aversion to change. Most of us do all we can to avoid changes, new things and new experiences. Ironically, only through new things can we really grow, prosper and be fulfilled as people. Yes, change and new things can be scary, and in some cases we’re right to fear those changes. There are some people out there who try to fill the world with bad stuff and strike fear into people through their words and actions. Fortunately, there are lots more people using change for good (we just don’t hear about them in the news too often).

But for most of us to get where we want to go we have to make some changes, after all I haven’t met anyone who is perfect yet (and I’m not holding my breath). The really successful and happy people are those who are willing to try new things, make changes, and go for it even when they feel fear. No, they’re not fearless, they feel the fear and work through it. They may fear failure, changes, problems, people with grudges, those who can’t understand passions, or not having all that is necessary to make their goals a reality, but they don’t let that stop them.

So what if the key to success wasn’t a lack of failures, but a willingness to try new things and be open to new ideas? What if in addition to doing one thing that will bring us closer to our goals each day we tried one new thing? There’s no guarantee we’ll like the new thing, but by trying new things, meeting new people and being exposed to new ideas you’ll gain an invaluable perspective on the world, your goals and how to achieve the success and fulfillment you desire.

“The most important thing people did for me was to expose me to new things.” Temple Grandin

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