In Others’ Words: Fear
“If it scares you, it might be a good thing to try.” ~ Seth Godin (1960-), American author & public speaker
The more times I read this quote, the more I like it.
I kept much-too-close company with fear for too many years. Wasted a lot of time letting fear decide what I did — or didn’t — do.
And then I started shoving back when fear tried to push me into a corner. And I discovered that fear backed down.
Some of my fears toppled more easily than others. Heights? I’ll probably never love ’em, but I’ll still tackle water slides when I’m at a water park with my kiddos. For a lot of years, I didn’t like flying. Now? Well, I still pray that there’s no turbulence — and then I get on the plane and go. Too many places to visit, too many people to see to waste time sitting at home being afraid.
I have no desire to bungee jump — yep, I’ll admit to being afraid — but I also think I’m smart too. Skydiving? Check back with me on that one.
Here’s what I love about Seth Godin’s quote: He challenges me — you too — to turn an “I can’t” into an “I can’t believe I did it!” He doesn’t double-dog-dare-you. He suggests giving that thing you fear a try. So, no guilt if you think about it and decide not to.
But before you decide to pass on the opportunity to push past fear, ask yourself this: What are all the different kinds of good that would happen if I did this?
In Your Words: When you read today’s quote, what scary “I can’t do that!” thing came to mind? What would it take for you to do it? Or if you’d like to share a time when you did that “can’t do it” thing, I’d love to hear about it — and everyone else would too!
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