Fear of the Unknown

Doing things that are habitual is easy. Habits are so ingrained in us that it's like autopilot takes over. Sometimes habits can be good for you and help you become more efficient, but there are times when habits are not so good for you and can cause you more harm than good. Maybe your way of decompressing is to go home and unwind with a glass of wine or a sweet treat. Not the worst thing, but if you were to do this day in and day out, it becomes your routine. Routine by definition is essentially the same thing as Habit.

One day you may become fed up with your daily routine and decide: HEY! I NEED A CHANGE! You realize that you need to break these habits that are not benefiting you. You make a promise to yourself that it starts tomorrow. This might not even be the first time you are trying to break this particular habit (whatever it might be), or one similar to it. Sometimes you are successful, sometimes you are not. So why is it so hard to change you routines and break habits?

Knowingly or not, we as humans fear the unknown. We like things that are familiar; it's safe and comfortable. We like to know what to expect and more often that not, we don't like to be surprised, especially when there is a possibility that the surprise isn't positive. We fear change because when something changes, it means we are either gaining something or letting something else go (most times it's a bit of both). It feels like we cannot control the outcome. What we often forget to think about when we are faced with change is that there is an opportunity for improvement, an opportunity to welcome a new routine that your future self will thank you for.

Change can be tough but ask yourself if you've ever truly appreciated something in your life that was within your own control that you didn't have to work for?

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“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”
― Theodore Roosevelt