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  • Swara Thatte

The Fear of Losing

It is not unusual for one to have a fear. Everyone is afraid of something, and it is completely normal to be so. Fear is a natural human emotion, and everyone deals with it in his/her own way. While most fears can be easily overcome with time and effort, some seem especially difficult to tame. 

One of the most common of these fears is the fear of losing. It's natural to wonder if you will succeed before beginning. To figure this out, we need to ask ourselves a question: what is preventing us from moving forward? It's a simple question that provokes deep thought. To simplify, consider what would happen if we drove a car while constantly hitting the brakes. The answer is: The car would overheat and break down. Similarly, when we have a perfectly capable body and mind, why do we stop ourselves from achieving our goals? Our fears act as brakes that prevent us from moving forward. Use it or lose it. If we don't use our talents and skills, we may lose the opportunities we receive solely due to the fear of failure. To support this claim, I will state a quote: “Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use”- Charles Shultz. It is often that we are afraid to make use of those gears but little do we know, the gears may make the ride a whole lot easier. 

The fear of losing can be a major obstacle to achieving our goals and can have a significant impact on our overall happiness. When we are afraid of losing, we may become overly cautious and hesitate to take necessary risks, which can prevent us from reaching our full potential. Additionally, the fear of failure can be a powerful deterrent to taking risks that could lead to success. This fear can cause us to doubt our abilities and can prevent us from pursuing our dreams. 

Furthermore, when we are uncertain about the validity of our thoughts or opinions, we may miss out on many valuable opportunities in life. This type of uncertainty can manifest itself in a variety of ways, such as second-guessing ourselves or not speaking up when we have something commendable to contribute. By allowing this fear to take hold, we can limit our potential and rob ourselves of the chance to grow and learn from new experiences. 

Therefore, it is important to recognize and overcome these fears to achieve our goals and live fulfilling lives. By acknowledging our fears and taking steps to address them, we can build the confidence and resilience necessary to pursue our dreams and overcome obstacles along the way. 

The sway of our peers and social circles can greatly intensify our indecisiveness, making it harder to make the right choices. Doubts and insecurities about our abilities can make us feel hesitant to take a leap of faith and pursue our goals and aspirations. This can be a frustrating and discouraging experience. At the same time, taking advice from a close friend or a loved one, can help you make a decision and

overcome your fear. They can assist you in reaching your limitless possibilities or help merely by sticking by your side. 

Hence, it is important to recognize these patterns of behavior and work towards building our self-confidence and self-belief, so that we can make the most of the opportunities that come our way. Lastly, as Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

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