The jury's still out as to what exactly is the most common fear in the entire world is. The most common fears, according to some surveys, tend to be of: ghosts, the existence of evil powers, cockroaches, spiders (YES this one is mine!!), snakes(and a close 2nd for me!), heights, water, enclosed spaces, tunnels and bridges, needles, social rejection, failure, examinations and public speaking. A couple fears are the fear of success and, as mentioned above, the fear of failure.
Those last 2 fears are actually VERY good because I have never known a successful person who was excited to fail and most all those who overcome their fears of stepping outside their comfort zone become successful.
One of the greatest fears is the taking that first step of the unknown.
Without risk there never is reward.
Here's a poem I have always enjoyed.
Our Greatest Fear
By: Marianne Williamson
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won't feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.