It could be said that anxiety is a fear of our imaginations.

Often, we get caught in a mindset of negative forecasting – imagining the worst case scenarios of what “might” happen. It ends up hijacking our ability to live wholeheartedly, to take care of daily responsibilities, to have new experiences, to engage in meaningful conversations, and more.

"We suffer more often in imagination than in reality."
— Seneca, Stoic Philosopher

Challenging Our Thoughts & Imaginations

Stoic philosopher, Seneca, wisely wrote that our tendency is to suffer in our imagination more than in reality. If we account for the times we ‘avoid’ because of what our imagination has told us, it might shock us.

Rather than allowing this negating mindset, try flipping the narrative. If you are going to ‘imagine’ – then try taking control of your thoughts, seeing the positives in situations, and the good that could come of it.

Perhaps even better, don’t rest in any imagination at all.

Instead, open yourself that whatever outcome may follow the action of “doing” and “trying”. Anything imagined is not real, and you will never know the reality of any outcome unless you put your foot forward. This is an opportunity to show confidence in yourself – and trust in your own ability to learn from experiences, to adapt, and to personally grow. Results are never negative unless you perceive them that way.

So – take a step. Have that conversation. Try that new thing. Welcome the day with excitement – and don’t let your fear of imaginations deny you.

Takeaway Thoughts

  • Control your imaginations. Seek positive possibilities.

    We can't always stop imaginations regarding any subject of concern. Our minds drift into thought without our consent. But we can catch our thoughts with self-awareness. As much as is possible, switch the narrative to a positive view.

  • Don't rest in any imagination. Experience the reality with confidence and excitement

    Try to experience your life within reality; imaginations aren't inherently bad. Not at all! But - actions and decisions are made with a present-mindset. Use imaginations to inform you of where your fears and concerns lie. Then examine them constructively, so you can address them compassionately. Trusting yourself to walk in reality is an expression of self-confidence.
    You can learn enormously from stepping forward, and daring to experience life in the reality.