What Are You Afraid To Admit Is True?
I want to pose a difficult question today, and the reason is we can discover a lot of opportunities for improvement in our blindspots. When you reflect on your life, what are you afraid to admit is true?
Before drawing any conclusions let me add a little context.
Fear is a powerful emotion. It is designed to keep us out of harm's way and protect us from things that can hurt us. Primarily fear was evolved to keep us out of physical danger, but given how cognitively we’ve developed as a species it now also applies to emotional and psychological protection.
Having fear means that we’re afraid we’ll be hurt in some way by a potential outcome and fear is meant to prevent us from entering that situation. The problem is fear is very instinctual and it doesn’t have the capacity to consider the nuances of a situation. It’s often in our best interest to be courageous, which is taking action despite fear, but more often the resistance keeps us from doing so.
As it relates to not admitting what is true about your life, the brain has a very clever disguise. It’s called ignorance. You can literally refuse to admit the existence of something because the idea of it is too painful to consider. Our awareness of something may cause us to take action on it, or to change something significant, which poses a threat. So ignorance is the brain’s way of completely avoiding this thing altogether.
With that in mind, let’s ask this important question again - What are you afraid to admit is true? Is it that you’re in unhealthy habits like smoking and taking years off of your life? Is it that your commitments have made you not as good of a parent, friend, or sibling as you want to be? Are you lazy and feel like you’re wasting the best years of your life?
This stuff is real and it’s your life. By no means should you settle for anything less than the absolute best, yet you might be imprisoning yourself in a life where you’re diluting your happiness, sense of fulfillment, and the difference you can make in the world.
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