Afraid to Try?

Risk takingEveryone who has ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it that makes a difference.– Nolan Bushnell

How many times have you stopped yourself from doing something that had the potential to impact your life in a positive way?  If you are like most of us, the answer is “More often than I care to admit.”

Too many of us don’t take the risks that will make our lives better because we are afraid of what will happen if things don’t turn out the way we planned. We are afraid of looking foolish. We are afraid of disappointment.  We are afraid of succeeding once and not being up to the challenge of doing it again. We turn our backs on our talents, our dreams and our futures because we are too wrapped up in our egos to fail, wasting enormous amounts of energy by placing blame and otherwise pretending that we are not responsible for the state of our lives.

Seth Godin wrote in his blog–”A failure is a project that doesn’t work, an initiative that teaches you something at the same time the outcome doesn’t move you directly closer to your goal… Failures that don’t kill us make us bolder, and teach us one more way that won’t work, while opening the door to things that might.”

If we want to be healthy, balanced, fulfilled human beings, we must be willing to fail. We must take chances, act on the ideas that excite us, and risk everything for a chance at something great.

Failure is the flip side of hope.

Journaling Exercise

What are you not doing that you want to do? What talents or passions are you ignoring because you are too afraid to fail?  Make a list in your journal of the goals and dreams that you have abandoned in your life, and choose one that you want to carry out right now. Whether it’s something big, like writing a book or starting your own business, or something as simple as cutting your hair, commit yourself to letting go of your fear of failure and following your dream. Never mind how you will get there. Right now it is enough to make the choice to act.

Next exercise: Trust yourself

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