People that love to visit haunted houses this time of year are always fascinating to me.

The dichotomy of being drawn to something they know they’ll be scared of, but they do it anyway is something even the most experienced psychologists could analyze for eternity.

But haunted houses aside, the fear that is experienced when we’re truly frightened is the same, no matter the event.

Terrifying, paralyzing fear. It keeps us from performing our best, from taking the next big step in business, and it keeps us playing small.

Fear of the future keeps so many business leaders, speakers, and entrepreneurs from taking the risk that could launch them into the next chapter of their lives. I’ve BEEN one of them.

And, I have no doubt, that you’ve been (or are) one of them, too.

But, it doesn’t serve us: our goals, our needs, our journey.

Fear of the future keeps us stagnant and prevents us from reaching our potential. The future is coming, whether you’re ready or not.

Ask yourself one simple question: A year from now, will you be okay being right where you are right now? If not, then you can’t afford to spend one more day scared of the future.

You’ve already stepped into the haunted house.

You can’t go back. The only way through is forward. And even if it’s scary, moving forward is a whole lot better than staying in one place. This fear and discomfort are temporary. You will be so proud of yourself when you finally bust through the other side.

Your future is bright.

It’s a sparkling white EXIT light on the other end of one of those stupid haunted houses. Keep walking towards it, one step at a time. There is a lot of beauty (and success) on the other side of fear.

Keep going.