My first post. Why am I only writing it now? Years after I had the idea? In fact, I even made a blog before – although it was only up for five minutes before I took it down again. But why is that? I had an idea, I made a plan, I started to execute it, but I didn’t follow through. I can’t pin point a specific incident that lead to the delay. I could tell you that life happens, that life got in the way, I was too busy… But life is always happening, life will always get in the way, we will always be busy.
The problem was me.
Excuses are often the go to. We often want to blame someone or something else before we take responsibility for our own shortcomings. When it all boils down to it, I was scared. Fear stopped me from creating this blog earlier. Fear of failure and fear of ridicule. I experienced my first hurdle and I let it defeat me. I didn’t fight, I conceded. And that’s often the case, the first hurdle isn’t usually from some outside force, it comes from within. We may choose to deflect and put the blame elsewhere, but take a second, really assess the reasons why you didn’t reach that goal you set months ago, why you decided to take a step back instead of a step forward. You will often find that the reasons stem from internal conflict not external ones.
“The only thing to fear is fear itself”
~ Franklin D Roosevelt
That is my all-time favourite quote, it speaks to a fearless nature I have yet to master. How can I expect to be great if I’m limiting myself? In fact, here, right now, I am going to strive to be confident, to be my biggest cheerleader. Fear should never cause you to stumble, instead acknowledge the fear and then work to overcome it. It is through those battles that we become stronger, better and greater.
“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”
~ Judy Blume
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
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