In Others’ Words: Releasing Fear
You know how someone says something and their words just reverberate in your mind and heart for days afterward?
That’s what happened to me this past Saturday when I attended a local writer’s group. Author (and friend) Cara Putman spoke to the group via Skype and early on she said, “Let go of the fear of being wrong.”
Cara said a lot of other valuable, insightful, encouraging things, but these seven words stayed with me. I knew from the moment I wrote them down that I’d be sharing them with you all on this blog. How could I not? Yes, Cara was speaking within the context of being a writer, but this truth is applicable to everyone, even if the only thing you write is a grocery list or a monthly rent check.
Let’s face it: We’re all going to be wrong at some point. But the fear of being wrong — that can hold us back from so many things …
- from pursuing a dream
- from trying something new
- from trying again when things haven’t worked out the way we hoped
- from speaking up when everyone else is silent
- from stepping outside our comfort zone into that beautiful area where life begins
The next time fear shows up and grabs ahold of me, I need to shake off it’s grip. I need to admit that yes, I could do or say something and end up being wrong — or being perceived as wrong by someone else. But fear doesn’t get to decide what I do or do not do.
In Your Words: How do you get past the fear of being wrong?
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