Failure. Failing. Failed. Fail.
Too many people are so damn afraid to fail so they just don’t try, they just don’t take the chance, and they just don’t make the first move. They just don’t.
We’ve created a society that feeds that fear. We laugh at the expense of those who didn’t succeed in the ways we expected them to. We see it all of the time when the media highlights the Epic Fails of everyone we hold in the spotlight and we offer them little to no grace in those instances.
With 2019 coming to a close, it’s easy to look at the year and think of the things we didn’t accomplish or the things that we “need to do better” next year and a lot of times you can find that there was some sort of fear attached to your negative highlight reel. You didn’t lose the ten pounds you wanted to because you were scared to try out a new exercise class in case you weren’t as fit as the others. You didn’t get a raise at work because you were too scared to ask your boss in case he said no. You didn’t get the book you’ve been writing published because you may be rejected by any number of publishing companies. There are a myriad of reasons why fear may have won this year in your world.
What if you had been able to push past the fear? Maybe you would have lost five pounds more than your goal after finding accountability partners in your new exercise class. Maybe you would have gotten the raise that you asked for. Maybe you would have been rejected by ten publishers but accepted by number eleven.
Every time you let fear stop you, you stop achieving new goals, you regret not having taken the chance and you continue to let what-ifs stop the process.
Are you sick of letting that fear stop you, sick of the regret of not starting sooner or sick of letting those what-ifs stop you from taking REAL chances?
When you start walking into instead of away from fears you open the door to making major progress personally and maybe even financially and you find yourself full of energy to continue growing.
Above all, if you do fail? So what? Trying and learning is always better than never trying at all and if you think of your fear-based decisions, the worst outcome is still usually never as bad as our fear is building it up to be.
What steps will you take in 2020 to start beating back your fears?