One thing I’ve learned during this commitment to self-discovery is how important it is to face your fear. I started to challenge myself to no longer be complacent. I couldn’t get to where I wanted if I stayed inside my comfort zone. I began to realize I had sold myself a story that I was afraid to do things because I didn’t want to fail, be rejected, or criticized. The reality was that not even trying was the true failure. In the past few years, I’ve taken more risks and put myself out there in ways that challenged me more than ever. Can I share something with you? I haven’t failed yet!
Fear kills more dreams than failure ever has.
That’s not to say that I haven’t messed up or that things haven’t worked out. The thing is I’ve either succeeded, built confidence and resilience, or learned a lesson. I’m grateful for the opportunities that have come my way that I’ve been brave enough to pursue. I’m thankful that some of them didn’t work out because they weren’t in my best interest even if I thought otherwise at the time. The situations I’ve learned from taught me lessons that better equipped me for opportunities I didn’t see coming. I had to redefine fear and change my perception of failure.
What definition of fear are you incorporating into your life? What’s your relationship with failure? Feel free to share in the comments!
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