What Are You Afraid Of?

Are you afraid of success? Maybe you’re afraid of failure?

I’m afraid of being mediocre.

Sometimes our fears lead us to not even try. And that’s a shame. Because we can work on all of these fears.

Sometimes I have to as, “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” I might fail in public. Well, I’ve done that and lived. Several times now. Oh, it hurts big time when it happens. But, life is funny. Other people don’t remember. I remember. I use that for the next time and do some risk mitigation so I don’t do that thing again.

Sometimes I ask, “What’s the best thing that could happen?” (When was the last time you asked that question?) Let your imagination run wild. When I do that, sometimes I cannot imagine all the great things that could happen. My imagination is not nearly good enough.

I hate the thought of being mediocre, so I practice a lot. I practice at the gym, to get strong. I practice my writing. (You’ve noticed, right?) I practice my public speaking. I practice my consulting, coaching, experiential training. I practice noticing what makes people laugh when I speak, so I can be funny. I practice many things, so I can become better. Because to me, being mediocre is the worst. It’s worse than failure.

If I have a failure, believe me, I work on that. I beat myself up on that for about a day, and then I make a plan and keep going.

When I try and don’t succeed, I have something I can work on for the next time. I’m not happy about it, but I can create a plan to get better.

But not even trying? I have no plan then.

circle footprintThat’s why I like to take little steps and get a little feedback. Not a big plan. A little plan.

Just enough to prevent me from being mediocre, and keep practicing.

I’ll get to success and prevent failure.

How about you? What are you afraid of?

 

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