New things

New things can be really exciting. New things can bring with them opportunities and potential. New things can be shiny doors through which we can find amazing experiences. New things can bring anticipation and hope.

New things can also bring fear. Even small new things can carry some anxiety. Fear and change can go hand-in-hand. The ubiquitous ‘they’ say we’re hard-wired to keep ourselves safe so willingly stepping into an uncomfortable situation can be counter- intuitive. Thus, we like to avoid fear when we are able.

There’s no shortage of esteemed quotes (and some not so esteemed) about fear and dealing with it; about fear and not letting it stop you. Susan Jeffers wrote a famous book called Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. George Addair, American businessman, suggested that ‘Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear.’ One I particularly like, although it doesn’t mention the word itself, is Karen Salmansohn’s ‘The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.’

You can, of course, read all the guidance in the world and it may assist with girding your loins and pushing forward. But you still have to actually do it; to look past that trepidation and remember the excitement and anticipation that attracted you to the new thing in the first place.

It is hard sometimes, though. Good luck!

Until later,


4 thoughts on “New things

  1. Was it at your place that I saw the quote ‘everything you want is on the other side of fear’? I have been thinking about that A LOT!

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  2. Kirsten THANKS! …&
    I’m cheers-ing to that, and I’m doing it with a bottled new drink I tried recently: it’s called Fentimans Ginger Beer ~ check it out, and I’ll venture to say, we can all take leaf out of our canine friend’s book: FEARLESS

    Tania, we had “jump and the net will appear” in our house for quite some time; now it’s more like “lets jump and build the net on the fly because we know for sure we will find the landing and the net will help our how we do it” [and also I these days keep thinking, how much, how far of a jump is really in me, and therefore what’s the big deal, im mean seriously, I’m no Olympic athlete, so for me the distance is probably significantly less, and the impact of landing more padded, right???]

    So its thanks, thanks, thanks for the good luck wish, and cheers to the spirit of fearlessness in action!


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