Fear is an amazing emotion. It has the ability to render us motionless with no physical restraints. The control fear has on people is amazing. We have tons of admiration for those that overcome their fears and accomplish things great and small.
Why does fear have so much control?
A common acronym for FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real. I think that is a major reason fear has so much control. We conjure up false evidence in our imagination trying to find the worst possible outcome. Why do we do that? Yes, sometimes the bad thing we fear does happen. How often does it happen? Listening to a podcast the other day I heard someone quote something like 90% of what we fear never happens. Considering how much most of us fear that’s probably a fairly low estimate.
I struggle with fear too. I think it most likely enters my mind when things are out of control or at least appear that way. What’s the best way to deal with that? Get things back under control. That’s where good goal setting and planning come into place.
I had a situation like that just this week. I was getting myself worked up about everything I needed to get done. I had a lot of stuff on my short term plate and a buffet of things to work on long-term. I was feeling very stressed about it all. After a good conversation with my wife I knew what I needed to do. Sit down and map it out. Sure enough, the stress and fear subsided as the plan came into place.
Do you want to stop stressing over your personal finances? Develop a plan. Once you have a plan your world is going to look a lot better!