It’s that time of the year when you start making plans and think about how your life should look at this moment or a moment in the future. So, you know you should start doing something to make those plans come true, but there is something that keeps you away. That is fear, the fear of failure, to put it in a few words. But what you don’t know is that you don’t F.A.I.L., you just take your First Attempt In Learning.
I remember myself a while ago. I was bored with what I was doing, so I thought about learning something different, something cool. I stopped on web design. I started to search the Internet for some inspiration, because I didn’t know where to start, and so I found codecademy and started from there with the basic html. That basic was something completely new for me, a girl with aspiration to be a writer, so a dreamer and a bohemian type of girl. I saw that as a challenge at first, but then, when I saw it was more difficult than I imagined, I started to doubt the decision I made.
I gave up then. I thought it wasn’t for me, so I needed to find something new to learn. But the Universe wanted to give me a lesson, because anything I started on, I found excuses to give up. After some time, I became frustrated and started to ask myself what was going wrong.
That was the moment when I realized that every time I start something, I eventually become overwhelmed and think I will fail. I didn’t know either, back then, the meaning of this. I was that perfectionist.
Now, I think a big part of you could relate to this story and I think you are on the way to find out what is keeping you from meeting your goals. It’s either the fear of failure, or of what others will think, or that others are better than you, or that someone else had that idea first, or that it’s too late to start something new… and the list could go on. You have to find out what is keeping you back and cut it.
You can only learn if you don’t stop practicing. Don’t let the fear scare you!
A pep talk is always nice, so I will leave you with a few inspirational words from Jim Carrey.