Putting yourself out there can be terrifying. Like starting this blog, for instance, it makes my heart beat 10 times faster than usual! What if people find what I write boring? Or stupid? ? Or naive? Or pretentious? What if it turns out I’m not good at what I’m doing. What if I make a fool of myself? What if I fail?
I’m tired of being afraid.
Fear has been keeping me from saying what I want to say and doing what I want to do for too long now. I’m ready to fight it! So I’m going to keep writing, even if I’m overwhelmed by insecurity, anxiety or doubt. And what is the worst thing that could possibly happen? I might stumble. I might fall. But if I do, I will just get up and keep going. Life is too short to spend precious time worrying about everything that could go wrong.
I find it helpful to remind myself that overcoming fear is something that everybody is struggling with. Here are some inspiring quotes from brilliant people who definitely did some work in this field:
Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain (Mark Twain)
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free (Jim Morrison)
I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experience behind him (Eleanor Roosevelt)
Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage (Anaïs Nin)
Work only starts when the fear of doing nothing finally exceeds the fear of doing something badly (Alain de Botton)
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit (Aristoteles)
For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them (Hannah Arendt)
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover (Mark Twain)
The secret of happyness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage (Thucydides)