If you make a mistake, you could ruin your chances of living the life you want.
One single mistake and you’re done.
It’s essential that you get everything perfect before you start.
Somewhere along the way, we took a wrong turn.
We learned to believe that mistakes are to be avoided like old dishes in the sink.
We learned that perfection was essential, because only then would we be guaranteed success, and happiness.
But life doesn’t work like that.
There is no perfection. There is only incremental improvement.
If there’s anything you should be afraid of, it’s not making any mistakes at all, because it’s a sure-fire path to a grumpy life.
Why Making Mistakes Seems Scary
Anticipating mistakes and knowing what might go wrong is all fine and good. But when you end up in Anxiety Land, it becomes a problem.
As human beings, we’re experts at tuning into potential threats.
However, when you want to do what you love, you’re exploring new territory, which means you have no idea what to expect.
And that means that your internal radar will come up with threats that do not even exist.
Even worse, once you’ve come up with an imaginary threat, you tend to imagine what consequences it leads to if it were to happen.
It all seems real, yet it has no bearing in reality.
Making mistakes seems scary because we believe the horror stories that our mind weaves.
The Cold, Hard Truth About Making Mistakes
If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not experimenting enough.
For example, building a business is a fascinating journey. It helps you create something that supports your lifestyle and helps you grow as a person.
Every day, there are new fears to face, new technologies to learn, and new boundaries to poke at.
You’re not on this planet to succumb to your fears. You’re not made to hide in the closet when imaginary monsters lurk under the bed.
You’re here to face your fears and boldly go where you have not gone before. But you have to make an internal shift first.
You have to stop taking your excuses seriously, stop believing every story your mind tells.
When this clicks, you realize that you can only do your best with what you have, where you are.
So, take action, and learn from your mistakes.
How to Take Bold Action
You can only do what you can do. Life is way too important to take seriously.
You’ll keep moving forward anyway, exploring what life has to offer.
Your fear of making mistakes may never go away. And that’s fine. It’s normal.
It’s a sign that you actually care about the work you’re doing (or want to do). Taking action means embracing imperfection.
You’ll never eliminate every risk.
You’ll make plenty of mistakes.
But so what?
If you want to do what you love, stop giving away your power to your fears.
They are nothing without your consent. It’s time to set sail for a new destination.
Destination: Joyous Determination
It’s time to make the shift from prisoner of your fears to joyously pursuing what makes you come alive.
When you truly become sick of being controlled by your fears, you become determined.
It’s like in the movie, the Matrix. When Neo realizes he is The One. He suddenly sees the Matrix for what it is. He embraces his true power.
Suddenly you’re focused. Obstacles still exist, but you begin to wonder: “What tiny step can I take next?”
You keep moving forward, one relaxed step at a time.
If you don’t know where to start, you’ll learn.
If you’re afraid of putting yourself out there, you’ll do it anyway, and see what happens.
If your mind comes up with excuses, so what?
The secret is that there is no secret.
There is just pure focus on what matters: Following what makes your heart sing.
Do you want to follow the nudges of your soul, or do you want to stay where you are?
Red pill or blue pill?
It’s up to you.
P.S. Don’t know what your passion is yet? Then I invite you to check out my popular book Find Your Passion: 25 Questions You Must Ask Yourself.
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