There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by when a colleague or friend expresses fear about the future. “I’m scared that the economy is getting worse”. “I’m afraid that I’ll get laid off”. “I can’t sleep because I’m worried about my business failing”. “The real estate market hasn’t even begun to hit bottom yet!”.
I’m certainly not immune to it. Gloom and doom sells and that’s what the news media covers most. It’s hard to escape it. On television, the internet, newspapers and even the proverbial water cooler. Sometimes I get caught up and wonder if the doomsayers are right. My fear frightens me and I start to doubt myself.
And then I remember that the absence of fear is not a normal human response. Fear is normal and nature provided us with two default responses: fight or flight.
Hopefully we’ve moved beyond that and can add common sense to the mix. To be able to discern when it’s a good idea to run/avoid/hide from something and when it’s a better idea to fight/act/take a stand. To distinguish what we can change and what we cannot. If we use our fear constructively, it becomes something good. An impetus to help us move forward.
We are living now, in this current economic climate and no amount of hiding or running will change it. What we can change is our attitude. This is not my “Pollyanna-ish” spin on things, it’s reality. You either decide what you can do to improve your life, business, and environment or continue to be a passive observer or worse, a victim.
Many people are prospering even in these less than economically ideal times. They are living lives of adventure, service, and abundance.
Don’t wait until “things get better”. Live your life, work your business, enjoy your family and friends. And when you start to feel afraid, use that fear to spur you on to take positive action.