Anxiety & the Fear of Our Imaginations
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.
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.