There are more things. . . that frighten us than injure us, and we suffer more in imagination than in reality. (Seneca, first century Roman philosopher)

There are lots of dangers in the world, of course: natural disasters, economic collapses, pandemics, and more. But, generally speaking, the possibilities of our suffering from any of them are fairly remote. It’s our imagined fears, as Seneca suggests, that are really debilitating. So, don’t put off pursuing your goals because of things you imagine could go wrong.

But all who listen to me (God’s wisdom) will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm. (Proverbs 1:33)