Don’t Let Fear Destroy Your Future

- Rod Osthus

My mother passed away of cancer in 1988. Back then, they didn’t know as much about treatments for her type of illness, so the doctors used every technique they knew. Every day they would come into her room with a new treatment plan, a new test to perform, another experimental strategy. And every time they told her about their ideas, she got excited and became happy and more energetic, and her fear of dying rapidly subsided.

I watched as those actions temporarily “healed” my mother because they made her focus on the present instead of the future that she couldn’t control. The minute she felt the present was more in her control, her fears went away and her motivation to succeed increased. Throughout my mother’s fight, I learned that action equals healing because the fear that interferes with the ability to heal goes away.

Fear controls many people in this ag industry. Wherever I go, I’m asked the same questions. Where is this marketplace going? What’s the future of our industry? Everyone is asking those questions because they think more about the future than they think about the present. They don’t have a plan for the present and thinking about the future, with no plan for the present, creates a lot of fear.

The problem with fear is that it’s about the future, not the present. Fear is a total waste of time and energy. As you’ve heard many times, fear is “false evidence appearing real.” Most fears are never realized. The best way to ensure fears never arise is to bring them into the present and act on them. Fear goes away once that fear is brought into the present and addressed.

If you worry only about achieving your goals and don’t work the process to achieve those goals, all your fears about the future will come true. But if you stop worrying, and take action and do what it takes to achieve those goals, those fears go away.

Stop worrying about the future and start doing the things that put you in control of your business. Live and work in the present and the future will take care of itself. Take action, because action equals healing, and that takes away all your fears.