Fear shades everything you look at.
When you have fear, it colors each opportunity you are presented with through a lens that makes the opportunity look different than what’s really there.
Fear causes you to “add to” the scenario, things that may not be all that likely to happen.
Fear causes you to run through a list of worst case outcomes.
Fear leads you focus on the negative things that are distant possibilities.
Fear is your creativity working in the wrong direction.
Therefore, fear makes you discount the potential of the positive possibility.
In our minds, we tell ourselves that we are being smart or prudent in evaluating or thinking through the worst case – and sometimes that’s true.
But often what is really happening is that we end up making a decision based not on what is actually there but based on what our fear adds to what is there.
Worst case scenarios.
Creative destructions that we make up in our own minds.
This “Fear Filter” works just as a sieve. It strips out so many opportunities that could change our lives for the better just because they are unknown.
The Fear Filter catches and traps what could be good by coloring it with what could be bad.
And just as you might forget after a few hours that you have sunglasses on, over a long period of time you forget and don’t even realize how many wonderful opportunities you are abdicating from your life because they are passing through a Fear Filter that you have forgotten was even there.