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So. Living with balance includes living with intention. We all have dreams and many times, the things preventing us from taking the next step to fulfilling our dreams and goals are not external, but internal. Listen to your inner voice and do not let it be drowned out by this dream killer:

Fear of the unknown:

In 2003 I had the opportunity to leave Nigeria for England to do exams that would enable me practice in Europe. I was going to live with my Aunty and Uncle (whom I had never lived with before). I was going to have to learn a different way of speaking English. I was going to have to study and pass some exams. I was going to be apart from my nuclear family. I was going to be apart from my fiancé. I was going to have to find a non-medical job, and frankly, I was not particularly skilled in much else besides medicine…

Fear of the unknown can be paralyzing. A lot of times we couch fear of the unknown in other terms such as, “it’s not the right time”, “I don’t really want to do that”, “I am fine here” . Confront it for what it is, every time you make an excuse for something that you know you should do; ask yourself, what am I afraid of?

To combat fear of the unknown, sometimes you have to “call its bluff”, look beyond what you are afraid of, and take the next step. Your dreams should be bigger than your fears. Whatever results you get from taking a bold step, you would have learned something. No one can guarantee that you will have immediate success with everything you do. However, there is no real guarantee of success in a lot of things, so take a step anyway.

The Bible says, “Fear Not” in 365 places in the Bible. That tells you something. God knows that we have a tendency to fear, so He sent His words to reassure us. Fear of the unknown is an enemy. Taking the next step, strips this enemy of its power.

I have heard the voices of my fears and chosen to rise above the by listening to the voice of my heart. Will you do the same?

Will you enroll in that class, get that new job, leave that terrible part of town; join the gym to start losing that weight, write that book,leave that abusive relationship; share your faith with that co-worker; start that business; hire that professional that can take you to the next level?

Say NO to fear of the unknown.

Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.

Thich Nhat Hanh


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