Fear of the Unknown

I had a friend tell me one time when I was going through the process of leaving my x-husband. “The only thing to fear, is fear itself”

Fear will stifle you, fear will make you sick, fear will stop you from growth.

That period of time in my life, was a period of time which I personally experienced tremendous growth.

I conditioned myself not to let the fear of the unknown overwhelm me. In fact, I still today have constant reminders both in my office and in my home.

  • In my office I have a sign with my favorite saying “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase”.
  • At my home I have two coasters; Failure is not an option and Success is the best revenge!

I’ve learned over the years, it is imperative to keep feeding the narrative of strength, positivity and success.

I’ve learned if we stop what feeds us, we do become fearful, we stifle and as a result, we get blah!

Covid has brought all of the above, for many of us into the lime lite. With the constant mixed messages, the constant fake news, the constant pain and hurt being experienced, many of us feel like we have taken 100 steps backwards or…..we just don’t know what to do or even better….what to expect.

In speaking to many of my clients, I hear the uncertainty. I’ve heard the stories of your. journey(s) through Covid and I am witnessing the caution when it comes to purchases and making any financial decision for their future.

It sometimes feels like we are all functioning……and that’s it.

I personally have a very difficult time wrapping my brain around our world today. I feel the emotional torment around me and unfortunately for me, I carry it all on my heart.

What’s worst though, is the feeling of helplessness. It’s hard not to feel the personal pain of others when you’ve shared their personal triumphs over many years.

It’s hard to leave the stories in my office and expect that I can empty my brain as I walk into my home.

The truth is, it’s very draining.

Here’s the reality.

What we are all experiencing is the “fear of the unknown”.

  • Will there be another Covid variant
  • Will I lose my job due to Government mandates
  • Will I be able to afford even just the basics because inflation is going out of control
  • Will I be able to provide for my family.
  • The list goes on and on……

We live in some very uncertain, fearful times right now.  Conversations almost always turn to something which involves at least one of the above.

The only way out of this is through it.

GROW through

What you GO through

We have to learn from the experiences we have gone through which makes us stronger and even more wiser.

We can’t live in fear of the “what if”. We have to live in the “what is”.

What I know is this;

  • Our Industry has survived the worst 12 months or more of our History
  • YOU survived – whether you are today where you were 15 months ago, is immaterial. YOU survived.
  • All of us have become more aware of how precious life is
  • Life…..does go on

Plant  the seeds and watch your garden grown.

Are you worried? Are you fearful of your future? Feed yourself!

Condition yourself to only think positive thoughts. Don’t let fear bring you down.

Feed your soul. Is that by reading a book? Taking a class? Going to the gym? Don’t let fear stifle you.

Give yourself time. A garden doesn’t grow overnight.

My inspiration for this article?

Centre For Beauty has invested the most ever for the Premiere Orlando Beauty Show. Am I afraid? Hell yes!

The show was cancelled last year, it is smaller in size than usual, some of the big hitters are not showcasing this year and many have expressed to me their financial situation does not allow them to attend. If I were a gambling man,  I’d say we had a 50/50 chance of being a success.

Then it hit me…..success isn’t based on $$$$. Success is based on forging through. Success is based on everything I said above

Taking that step even though you don’t see the whole picture

Failure is not an option

Success is knowing you tried, even if things don’t turn out the way you wished they did.

I will not let fear hold me back…..I will GROW through what I GO through…..will you?

CJ Murray, President

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4 thoughts on “Fear of the Unknown”

  1. Wow……well said. I appreciate your thoughts and journey put into words. Being a bit of an entrepreneur my self, my head swirls sometimes with these thoughts. I’m glad to know I’m not alone…I appreciate all your kindness shown to me as well. Just received another package from your dear husband the amazing packer. Can’t wait to open it. I always call my engineer husband to see how he has packed my box this time. Say hello to him as well.

    1. Awww…thank you Linda. Yes, not that I wish struggles upon anyone else, it is nice to know we aren’t alone. I shared you comment with my husband….he really appreciates the mention.

      1. That is so true CJ. I focused on my career during covid and even though I don’t know the future I just take a leap of faith. I make mistakes and learn from them. I’m keeping up with my education and trying out new techniques. Fear can make anyone wary of change, but courage allows us to embrace change.

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