Tuesday, November 28, 2006
I’m scared of dust bunnies….not really, but I do hop around a little when the cat drops one on my naked foot. We put things off not just because we fear but also because we don’t want to do them. When we put them off long enough the task becomes the problem. Some folks don’t like doing dishes, so they stack them beside the sink hoping they will do themselves. By the time they resolve that doing themselves is a fantasy, the food is dry and smelly and the view is less than acceptable. If they were to avoid thinking about how much they hate dishes and just do it, they could save themselves a lot of extra work and the bad feelings that come with knowing something should have been done. There are other thing far more serious that people tend to put off: annual physical, visits to the dentist, cancer screenings for example. It doesn’t matter if the fear is real or fantasy, it’s there. Confidence cannot be pulled out of the “rabbit hat.” There are things that can be done to remove power of the fear. Knowledge…learn as much as you can about whatever you fear. Understand that the longer you think about the stronger the fear becomes…just do it: once you’ve begun, it will become easier to finish. Support yourself with a friend: friends or family can schedule doctor visit at the same time.
Knowledge, Understanding, Support will get you through the fear-factor. Just do it will get you over the don’t-want-to factor.