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Overcoming the Fear of Loss: 5 Steps to Get Unstuck

Overcoming the Fear of Loss: 5 Steps to Get Unstuck

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Fear Of loss

Fear Of loss

Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live

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Ask yourself, “What am I scared of losing?” BH

Ask yourself, “What am I scared of losing?” BH

This may seem like an obvious question, but I’ve learned that it’s all too easy to go through our days, by making choices

Whenever you have a choice to make, recognize in what way you’re motivated by the fear of losing something, whether it’s comfort, security, control, money, companionship, or something else.

Once you understand what you’re scared of losing, you can…

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Ascertain if you’re seeing the whole picture.

Ascertain if you’re seeing the whole picture.

If you’re making a decision, or avoiding making a decision, based on the fear of what you might lose, ask yourself if you’re losing more by not doing what you really want to do.

When you attempt to see beyond the fear, you’re better able to recognize if you’re keeping yourself stuck—and if you’d benefit from letting go of what you think you need.

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Use loss aversion as motivation to pursue what you really want.

Use loss aversion as motivation to pursue what you really want.

If you hang a large calendar on your wall, and put a star on every day when you do something positive—like exercise, practice a new hobby, or send out a resume for a new job—you’ll create a psychological need to keep that streak going.

Birken writes, “Your disappointment in seeing a day without a gold star is greater than your happiness at any single day’s work.”

Of course, you have to know what you really want first.

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Regularly assess your intentions and motivations

Regularly assess your intentions and motivations

This ties into the last one. Sometimes we think we want something because we’ve wanted it for years—and then we feel scared to lose that dream and all its related rewards.

But sometimes, as we grow and learn about ourselves and the world, our wants change.

If you’re forcing yourself to do something and a part of you feels it isn’t right, ask yourself, “Do I actually want this right now?” There’s a chance you do, and you’re just feeling frustrated and discouraged—but there’s also a chance you don’t anymore. Only you can know for sure what you really want.

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Change how you see the inevitability of loss.

Change how you see the inevitability of loss.

The reality is that loss is inevitable.

We will all lose relationships, situations, and states of being that we enjoy and love. Even if we practice non-attachment, on some level we will get comfortable with people and circumstances.

You could say that this is what makes life beautiful and meaningful—since nothing lasts forever, each moment presents unique possibilities worth fully appreciating and savoring.

So I leave you with this question: Why are you afraid of losing? And are you ready to trust in yourself and your abilities so that you can get unstuck?

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