I have had the honor of being a business and life coach to Ketan Patel. I recently asked him to tell us how he overcomes the fear of the unknown. I often use this approach to get rid of fear myself.
Here’s a recap of his story of being afraid of the unknown…
When I was a child, I wasn’t outside at all. The thought of being outside was very frightening. I thought, “Where are things? What’s out there and what’s going to happen to me?” I was in the Boy Scouts and I was dreading this trip I was going on. I was going to spend the night outside with no tent, no scout masters or anything. I started working it up in my head to the point I got very frightened.
And then I thought, “what can I do?” As I thought about all the different scenarios like an animal coming, rain, wind, and not having enough food, I started getting really worked up. Then I started to prepare.
I learned what kind of shelter protects you from animals, and where could I set up my site so I could have what I need. I could set up an escape route and climb up a tree. What would I do about food? So, I went through the survival preparation. What I have learned since then is whenever I have fear, my way out of it is to be prepared and to work through the worst case scenarios. I don’t have to react. I’ve done thinking ahead of the time so I can be quicker about what I need to do. The scout motto of “be prepared” has really served me well. When I walk into a situation, I prepare by knowing as much as I can about my audience or the people I’m going to be with, and it really has made a difference.
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