Sometimes you look at an opportunity that lies before you and, for a moment, the excitement of possibility courses through you; you feel alive and almost giddy with the thought of everything you could do. And then the doubts creep in. You start to wonder if maybe that golden opportunity is too good to be true. You think there has to be a catch somewhere. And then you start to think that maybe you’re not ready for it yet, maybe it’s beyond your current capabilities. Then you start to get scared; what if you can’t pull it off? What if you give it your best shot but you mess it up anyway? So then you start to panic; what if you fail and make an absolute fool of yourself and everyone laughs at you and says “I told you so”?
You’ve decided, before you’ve even taken the first tiny step forward, that it won’t work. Before you’ve even begun, you’ve doomed yourself to failure. Don’t beat yourself up over it – it happens to everyone at some point in their journey. The loss of a specific opportunity isn’t the concern here; the bigger issue is the reasoning behind why you let it go.
There is freedom waiting for you,
on the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?
If you want to achieve great things in your life, you have to realize that you won’t be great at it right out of the gate. No one is. You learn from experience, as you go. And you have to give yourself permission to make mistakes and be a beginner. You have to be willing to be bad at something. You have to be willing to completely suck at it… because how else are you going to learn? You have to be willing to fall flat on your ass and then pick yourself up and keep going, as many times as it takes, because that’s when real success happens.
You can either choose to stay on your nice safe branch, or you can take the chance to put yourself out there. Yes, you might fall… but on the other hand, what if you fly?
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