Growing up I remember I had huge aspirations for myself…
However, things did not go as planned.
My first year in college was a roller-coaster ride of incredible highs and very poignant, as well as painful, lows. I committed every freshman faux pas imaginable, exposing my complete naivety and lack of experience in the real world. My potential awaited me and yet, I completely sabotaged myself.
Why? Because mediocrity was my comfort zone. At least there, I didn’t feel I had to prove myself.
It’s funny how life can change at a moment’s notice, though. Mine changed the day I met someone who made me want to change and become a better version of myself – to realize my potential.
I left university and moved home, continuing my studies, earning a near-perfect GPA. Afterwards, life became a series of new adventures, new challenges. Yet with every new chapter – police officer in Miami, doctorate student in Scotland, corporate communications guru – I was still running away from my biggest dream…to be a writer.
Why? Fear, plain and simple. The fear of failure.
What changed? I changed.
I realized, just as I did when I was writing my thesis, that I owed it to my daughter and myself to pursue my dreams and fulfill my potential. Otherwise, what example would I be setting for her? Not a good one, for sure.
Facing our fears is not just about us as individuals…it’s the example we set for others, for our children, in particular, that have a lasting effect. Through every difficulty life presents us, we can overcome it by remembering what our purpose is and why it’s vitally important we keep faith in ourselves.
The end goal – embarking on a new career, training for a marathon, returning to school, or writing a blog – is what’s truly important. Big or small, actively taking steps towards achieving your goal is what matters. We will never truly appreciate our own potential if we are afraid to try, afraid to fail.
Courage is the willingness to step outside our comfort zone and dive into the world of possibility.
As Theodore Roosevelt so eloquently said, “Credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena…who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Failure is not fatal; it is merely a bump in the road, another lesson to be learned.
Move forward with purpose…
This is me – daring greatly.