July 4th, 2020 is as good a time as any to liberate ourselves from the fears that fly and flap around us like a flag in the wind.
Pandemic-related anxieties are real. But this is a great weekend to analyze and deal with the other factors that hold us back from living our best lives. For example, fear of:
- Having tough conversations with people because we don’t want to hurt them
- Distancing ourselves from toxic people or situations
- Taking risks in our lives or businesses
- Voicing our opinions if they are different from others’
- Trying something new and uncomfortable
- Asking others for help
- Financial woes
- Being alone
And the list goes on…
Over the past months, I faced some scary and unpleasant stuff — the threat of riots, work slowdowns and deadlines, a root canal, an MRI, a flat bike tire, profound loneliness, and a range of other anxiety-producing life events — large and small. I’ve come to realize that as I age, my fear level has actually subsided. I’ve survived and even thrived despite (or perhaps even because of) challenges.
Fear is not only paralyzing — it can have a negative impact on health. So, if you want to live longer and enjoy life more, don’t wait until Halloween to examine — and overcome — the frightening things in your life.
Consider the men and women who took seemingly crazy risks over the years — traveled across oceans and plains, defied authority, and created a new way of living. Reflect on your own fears and step bravely outside your comfort zone — socially distanced, of course.
Long may we all wave!
Happy Independence Day!