What happens if you DON’T go for your goals, whatever they may be? Might the cost of not going for it be much more painful than the potential for “failure?”
What is this “failure,” after all? What really is the worst case scenario? What is the nightmare? How likely is it, really? Can you know for sure that it would happen? To what percentage rate?
Write it down. Identify it. Stare it in its ugly face and realize that it may not be as big as your mind makes it out to be. Monsters aren’t as big and scary when they’re identified.
Most fear comes from the uncertainty of the unknown. But to think on it, much of life is just that – unknown, an unknown unfolding of events that we can either fling ourselves head first into, arms in the air like a roller coaster, or kicking and screaming and digging our nails into the ground as we get pulled into the nebulous future.
If you have a gift for seeing an unfolding of events (strategy), then work to use it positively. Properly identify (i.e., write out) the worst-case scenario. Then, properly identify (again, write out) the more likely scenario. How do they compare? How could you recover if the worst-case scenario actually happened?
Much of our time spent on fear, as many of you know, is wasted on things that will not happen.
How can you re-wire yourself to see that inaction towards the goals you really want to pursue is worse than taking planned, strategic action steps on them and failing?
The first brings more negative emotions of regret and depression. The latter, in the least, brings a lesson with it – even if you were to “fail,” whatever that failure might look like, you would still gain the benefit of learning from it and finding out key things to do differently next time.
Not only that, but if you go for it, if you set sail on your dreams, you’ll gain the incredible benefit of knowing that you did something – that instead of cowering in fear, you rose above and busted through it.
Keep your heart and mind open.