What are you afraid of?
What things paralyze you? I can honestly say that I have a few things I’m afraid of. Not trembling afraid, but more like I’d rather avoid these things afraid. I’m afraid of sitting down to write and not having anything to say or being able to frame my words the way I want. To minimize this feeling I set up times in the morning or evening to write and I often jot down notes during my day from conversations and encounters I have so that I don’t have to begin “blank”.
I’ve also been trying to learn how to do a handstand and the difficult thing is I’m afraid of being upside down and losing control. I sometimes picture myself losing balance and crashing down on my head and neck the wrong way. Picturing this is counter productive, but I keep trying in the hopes that I will teach my body how to perform this skill. I’m extremely inconsistent with this but I keep trying anyway. There are times when I have aches and pains and mild stress injuries that delay my progress.
But what I’m most afraid of is not trying things because I’m fearful and missing out on life experiences because I chickened out. I’m afraid of not pressing toward my goals and not allowing my dreams to take life. Writing is something I enjoy but it is also extra work that sometimes I’d rather not be doing. I try to remind myself that even if I avoid things and procrastinate at times that I CAN at least do something. That “something” will take me further into where I want to go and there’s a greater chance of me getting where I want to go slowly, than if I do nothing at all.
We can’t allow the things we are afraid of to paralyze us into non action. We need to be honest about what is really holding us back at times. Its difficult to really look deeper into your motives, but I promise you that you will be so happy that you did.
What are things that you’ve been afraid to try? What are the small steps you can take that will eventually lead you on the path you desire?