For so many people, change is a terrifying thing. The unknown is a scary place and can bring on an array of thoughts and emotions. As you sit and consider all the possibilities in front of you, coming up with pictures in your head and a million stories, fear can build and the ability to move forward can feel impossible.
You get lost in all the things that could go wrong and next thing you know, you feel sick to your stomach and ready to run as fast as you can in the other direction.
What’s worse is that as soon as you allow this process to begin, it can be almost impossible to turn it around.
You create a habit of facing the unknown with anxiety, dreading change, and either running away from it or getting stuck in the indecision of it all. This habit bleeds over into all the corners of your life and suddenly you look around, finding yourself stuck in a joyless and unfulfilling existence, simply because you would rather stay miserable where you are than face the fear of change.
I have been graced with an amazing mentor, Mastin Kipp, and he taught me something that changed my life the second I heard it. I think of it daily, every single time I face an unknown and it has had a profound effect on my life.
I was the person I describe above, completely immobilized by my fear, determined to stay in my pain and discomfort at all costs in order to avoid the terror of moving into something new and scary. I literally lived like a deer in headlights, freezing as any new opportunity or path toward happiness came toward me.
And now, thanks to Mastin’s words, I welcome the unknown with wonder and joy, constantly open to change and the growth that is experienced through the process.
Are you ready to hear these wise words?
Anxiety is fear with negative anticipation and Excitement is fear with positive anticipation.
Anxiety and excitement are actually the same things, only perceived differently. They are both feelings we experience when we don’t know what the future holds or are walking onto a path we are unsure of. Often times, we label this feeling as anxiety, thinking of all the things that can go wrong and why we don’t want to proceed forward. The result is that we are held back and become immobilized.
Excitement is the same feeling, only we take the fear we are feeling and think about all the amazing things that will happen. We anticipate a positive outcome and move toward the unknown with a sense of wonder and curiosity. When we feel excitement, we are propelled forward and the future becomes full of possibilities.
So I now encourage you, the next time you feel those butterflies in your belly and your heart speed up, embrace it as excitement and think about all the amazing possibilities the future holds for you. Reframe your perception and fear and watch your world change.