Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

This goes against my favorite saying: “Go With Your Guts”, and really should be taken as a corollary. If what you want to do is most likely going to lead to something positive or fun (and not too negative), then go for it. But if you are fearful because its a bad idea or you risk bodily harm, listen to your guts. Ah, how to tell?

What I mean has more to do with the following quote and my resolve to get over my perfectionism and get things done:

“At its root, perfectionism isn’t really about a deep love of being meticulous. It’s about fear. Fear of making a mistake. Fear of disappointing others. Fear of failure. Fear of success.”
― Michael Law

This is my truth. I fear failure, no doubt. But I have failed enough times and lived enough years that I have learned to laugh (or at least poke fun) at my failures and I have realized that most people love you more when they know that you too have failed. I have realized that whether you want it to or not, failure will not kill you (I suppose this might not be true if you decided to fly without an airplane around you, but you know what I mean). Failure scares me, but I can handle that fear.

My biggest fear is success. Or at least Big Success. Because I would love to make lots of money, be respected and known, to be a leader. But I fear the consequences. I have never enjoyed the company of the “country club” folks; I love draft beer poured from a plastic pitcher with the sand volleyball folks. I want cute clothes from TJMaxx–not from expensive designer stores. I want to go to an all inclusive vacation at a resort that includes Jack Daniels, with my husband and my best friends–not own a beach house big enough for a village. I fear that wealth would change me. Change the people around me. Change what I appreciate. Change my children. I don’t want that.

So that’s the fear I wish to face this year. The fear of success!

Guess I am feeling optimistic today. 🙂

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By Lee Brennan on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

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  • Mom
    January 29th, 2013 2:17 pm
    #1

    Love it! Keep it up!

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