We waste so much time playing little games with ourselves. We think and then we overthink. We do and then we over-do. We take one step forward and then just stand still trying to figure out our next move. We spend so much energy waiting or worrying that opportunities we really want just pass us by because we’re too pre-occupied with meaningless subjectivity.
“The only man who never makes mistakes is the man who never does anything.”
— Theodore Roosevelt
In being afraid to be vulnerable, we fail to show our true selves. We hold back from looking weak in an attempt to give off the impression of strength. We think we have it all when we really don’t. What we need to understand is that we don’t have all the time in the world to get it together. We really only have right now. If we realize that, we’ll love more, forgive more, listen more, open up more, and live more.
Do what you have dreamed of doing all your life. And if you fail, so what. At least you realized your dream which is a rare accomplishment for most people. Quit telling yourself that you can’t or that it won’t work out or that you’re going to encounter some difficulty. That is self-sabotage. Stop catastrophizing and anticipating that something bad might happen when there is a great possibility it never will.
It is far better to attempt great things than not to. When you put yourself in position for victory, there’s a mighty good chance you just might experience it. Victory is never smooth; it is almost always interwoven with failure. Wanting something better is only the first step. You’ve got to take action and keep taking action until you get it. Don’t wait for another moment or another opportunity or another year. Just go for it now.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
— Vincent van Gogh
What do you think would happen if you dropped all your fears and did something you’ve always wanted to do, but never thought you could? There’s really only one way to know (and it’s not hypothetical). The problem with most of us is we wait for someone else to do it. We wait for the approval of someone else before we make our move. Little do we know, they’ve probably already made the move. Courage is formed not on the practice field, but on the battle field. Life is too short to wait around or wander about. Whatever you’ve been meaning to do, just go for it.