Many of us live with discomfort because we are afraid of the unknown. We would much rather suffer from the devil we know than venture into uncharted territory. Many of us fail to understand that one of the most beautiful things in life is the uncertainty that each day brings.

It is time to be courageous and wear our heart on our sleeve. The more we acknowledge our shortcomings, the greater our foundation for achieving our full potential and living a more fulfilling life. Let us learn from the following words of wisdom inspired by the writings of Matthew Jones.

Many of us chase success because without money or degrees our deep-seated fear of being a failure is confirmed. We care more about what other people think than about what we think and it is destroying our confidence. We desperately want approval from others and we are willing to sacrifice aspects of our true self to receive it.

We avoid dealing with our emotional issues despite knowing that they cause problems for everyone. We are terrified of being seen for who we really are so we wear a masquerade that helps us feel more accepted.

 We are terrified of the sense of emptiness inside ourselves, so we fill our life with distractions to keep ourselves occupied. We blame other people for our problems so that we can feel better about our own shortcomings. We get angry at aspects and traits of others that we identify with.

We enhance our image on social media to mask our feelings of inadequacy. We pressure ourselves to be perfect or care for others because that is the only way we could receive love from others.

We chase happiness by purchasing materials because we are convinced that, we are not enough. We allow our inner critic to ridicule us because it's the only way we know to create motivation.

We create problems to solve because it's the only way we know how to be in the world. We stick with what is known and suffer, instead of trying something new, because we are terrified of uncertainty.

We won't practice the advice we give others because we would rather fit in than practice what we preach and stand out. We don't want to engage in therapy because we would be forced to admit that we not OK and everything is not in our control.

We don't engage in deep conversations because we are afraid to admit that we have no idea what we are doing in life. We pretend that we know the "right way" of doing things but we fear that we will die and discover that we got it all wrong.

By Tim Pedrosa

We fake smile at others when we don't want to because we know that our feelings are not important to other people. We hate the way our body looks and our emotional pain is directly related to our fear of death.