How often do you put off doing something because you’re worried that you’re not ready? I’ll be the first to admit that I do this all the time. There’s an over-eager perfectionist in me. I know she thinks she’s helping, but she’s actually a productivity killer.
For example: I’m a terrible artist. I could spend hours drawing stick figures and they’d still look ridiculous. I always wanted to learn how to draw, but it was too frustrating. The perfectionist in me wanted to be good at it now. So anytime I drew anything I felt like a failure. Long story short: I never learned to draw. And that still makes me sad. Maybe I will someday, but right now I’m more focused on my writing.
What about you?
What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failure? Of looking foolish? Of not being ready? Go ahead and take a second to write it down. I’ll wait. And while you’re at it, write down why you want to do it. Write what you would gain from this experience. Write what your motivations are for wanting to try it.
Now imagine yourself in 60 years trying to explain why you never tried. Let the fear of never trying overpower that fear of failure.
My number one quote to live by is ‘follow your fear.’ More often than not the reason we are so terrified of failure is because this thing means so much to us. But you are guaranteed to fail if you never try. You are guaranteed to miss out on that thing that you want so badly if you let fear stop you from ever going for it. So go! Follow that fear! And as the great Molly Weasley once said: “best to do it at a bit of a run if you’re nervous.”
Don’t give yourself time to change your mind or chicken out. Do as the adorable fox does and dive in head first.
It probably won’t be perfect. You won’t succeed right away. You’ll make lots of mistakes. But life is too short to spend years wading in the shallow end, waiting to get used to the water. You’ll just end up bitterly watching others follow their dreams into the deep end.
What are you going to dive into this week? Share it in the comments!
Quote of the Week:
You could rattle the stars…You could do anything, if only you dared.
– Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Song of the Week:
Shatter Me by Lindsey Stirling
“If I break the glass then I’ll have to fly…”
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