Fear as the Cause of Inaction

Fear as the Cause of Inaction

Fear causes us to procrastinate. It can be:

  • Fear of change
  • Fear of leaving our comfort zone
  • Fear of the unknown
  • Fear of failure
  • Fear of what other people would think of us

We justify these fears by imaginary different reasons, but the root cause is not related to our invented reasons, it is our inherent fear.

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Procrastinating

Procrastination, or the way we let pending tasks linger on, just avoiding them, is one of the main reasons our goals don't materialize.

The longer any work is avoided the harder it becomes to eventually do it.

Like dishes piling up in the kitchen sink, they get harder and harder to do as the load increases.

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Our bucket list is composed of the real goals we have, that are not made by society, peer pressure or our current life stage. It is the list of things you want to do, and to experience before you die.
This is the real essence of what matters in your life. This is your legacy, your ultimate aim.
Survival Mode
Most of our lives are filled with the non-essential and the trivial, as we are in the survival mode. Nobody is doing what they really want to do, as it is a social and cultural norm to live on other people's terms.
We try to break free from this cycle by goal setting and resolving to do something for ourselves but we sometimes fail miserably. 
Being Playful

Playing or being in a playful mode is the key to dismantle fear and to achieve real productivity.

Being playful leads to creativity, adaptability, better focus and memory, improved language skills, and creative problem-solving abilities. Playing also has certain social advantages like teamwork, conflict resolution, leadership skill development

The Rush of Motivation

During the first week of the new year, there is a rush of motivated people who want to achieve their respective self-improvement goals. But then all this rush always tapers off, with only about 8 % of people actually managing to achieve their goals by the end of the year.

Busy Avoiding Productive Work
We often keep working trying to avoid something we should be doing. We bury and hide in our busyness, masking our inability to face what needs to be done.
We are busy being busy, while not doing anything productive or of real value.

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Tips For Finding The Right Goals
  • Listen to your discontent. It tells you when something is wrong. And that could be the thing you need to correct.
  • Combine it with something that inspires you to create change. Find something you truly believe in, because the process won’t always be fun and easy.
  • If you want a meaningful life, you have to do new things and fear inevitably comes with that.
  • List and estimate what’s necessary to achieve your goals.
  • Divide your goals into smaller ones and address them one at a time. This gives you a better sense of progress and it keeps you motivated.

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Force yourself to do things

Our mind has muscles. It memorizes patterns. By doing this over and over, you're building your willpower and self-discipline. 

Forcing yourself to do things that you don't feel like doing (but you know you should be doing) is a habit you can learn.

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However, industrialization changed the nature of work and food production. Fewer farmers were doing physical labour, and more people were doing office desk jobs. The growth of automobile culture, the suburban sprawl, and the popularity of television, all led to a more sedentary lifestyle.

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