“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”Eleanor Roosevelt
To say there’s a lot of instability and uncertainty going on in the world is a top ten understatement of the decade.
Whether you have been affected directly or are sweating from the sidelines, a lot of what’s happening is outside of our control.
The difficulty of any problem we face is not letting fear and panic control us. Within every problem, there are two things happing simultaneously. There’s the event—your business is hurting, your finances are rocky—and then there’s our mind piling on worry and fear.
One of my favorite quotes by Amelia Earhart hits upon this —
“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
Fears are paper tigers.
Perhaps what you are going through is as bad as you think, or maybe it’s not bad at all but you’re panicking nonetheless. The question you must ask yourself is are my fearful or negative thoughts making it better or worse?
There’s a lot that can stop us, but the biggest culprit is usually ourselves.
The key to thriving in uncertainty is focusing on what in our control, not the things out of our control.
Everything that’s uncertain hasn’t happened. And if we strategize and take necessary precautions, it likely never will happen.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #889