I'm going to start this off with an excerpt of The New York Times circulated 9/2003
"You've failed many times although you may not remember.
You fell down the first time you tried to walk. You almost drowned the first time you tried to swim, didn't you?
Did you hit the ball the first time you swung a bat? Heavy hitters, the ones who hit the most home runs, also strike out a lot.
RH Macy failed seven times before his store in New York caught on. English novelist, John Creasey got 753 rejections slips before he published 564 books.
Babe Ruth struck out 1330 times, but he also hit 714 home runs.
Don't worry about failure. Worry about the chances you miss when you don't even try.
I am not going to say that I am fearless and never worried about failing because that is not true. But, I am more open to taking these chances and falling on my face and I am recognizing that these fears and worries are only there for I am SUPER PASSIONATE about it and; therefore, it is super important to me.
I want you to think about something that you are so passionate and it is so important to you, that you have apprehensions on acting on it and moving toward it. Why are we this way? Is it because we WANT it so badly, that we want to be perfect, and afraid we won't hit the mark? Afraid it won't be what we thought it would be? The list can go on and on and on, but just realize if you have that fear, that gut feeling of nerves...know it is super important to try and push forward. It's important and should be pursued, no matter what the outcome.
I am definitely still a work in progress and these last few weeks have been testaments to it. I have been suppose to make SCARY phone calls to help me with my 8 week goal I am doing during the Breakthrough and today marked the start of week 4.....Guess how many scary phone calls I have made in this process??
ONE....yep, just one. My hands were clammy, I took forever to hit send when dialing the number and when I did, I felt my heart racing out of my chest. But, I did it, and after, was it scary? HECK YES!! But, did I survive?? YEP. Did I get an answer I was looking for to move me forward? YES.....so, why haven't I continued making these calls?????
FEAR--WORRY OF FAILURE. MY OWN SELF DOUBT. MY INSECURITIES. ALl of it is still there and they may always be there..hey I am human after all...But I really want to go after and live my purpose, I have to do the things that scare me. I have to do the things that have me afraid of failure, for that is how I am going to move forward... If I sit back and wait for things to come to me or do the things that are in my comfort zone.. I am wasting my ability, my talent and my purpose. I am missing out on the possibilities that are right there in front of me for I am shutting them down before even trying.
So, this is sort of an accountability as you will, and I hope motivation for those reading, that it is okay to have fear. and worry. But do not let those fears stop you from going after what you want. For you will find that yes, it may be scary at first, but once you do it, it wasn't as bad as you thought, or perhaps it was. Either way, you will never know the opportunities that can arise if you sit back and do nothing.
So, here I go....a phone call will be made this week...I am scared. I am nervous, but it is for I know it is important to me so I must face this fear and do it anyway.
Changing the World-- One Dream at A Time