“Terrible thing, to live in fear.”- Shawshank Redemption
Fear is one of the greatest motivators around. It can be productive or it can stop you in your tracks. It’s all in how you look at it. I know that over my lifetime I have passed on taking chances simply because I worried that I would look silly, say something wrong, make people angry or sad, fail at the task at hand. Who knows how many opportunities I passed up? I don’t dwell on it these days because I’ve learned to let go. Have faith.
These days I’m more likely to live and let live and be silly, be wrong, fail, and realize people will react the way they will regardless of what I do. I’m still a WIP on this, but compared to ten years ago, I’ve made tremendous strides. And if I slip into that mind set and worry about making a mistake, I just try to remember: what’s the worse that can happen? If the ones I hold dear to my heart are safe, healthy, and whole, then I’m good. And when I do screw up, I try again and learn from it. That’s really all we can do.
So, how does fear motivate you? Is it paralyzing to the point of missed opportunities? Or does it grab you by the neck and push you into taking that shot because you have nothing to lose?
Make it a great day!