I don’t know about you, but I have the tendency to write myself off.
“Oh, I could never do that” or “Yea, I’m not very good at that.”
True, I am not great at everything I do. But often by putting ourselves down, in a sense, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Maybe, even though I like to paint, I say I’m not an artist because I’m not very good at it. So I don’t paint very often because I already know the results won’t be what I want. Because I paint so infrequently, I don’t really improve. See the pattern?
How often have you not tried something because you didn’t think you could or thought you wouldn’t be good at it?
This girl has 🙋.
For a long time, I wanted to play soccer. But I let my fear of failure and the assumption that I would be awful stop me.
A funny thing happened though — when I played soccer with some friends and actually tried (not the half-hearted-I’m-going-to-play-just-because-everyone-else-is deal), I had a lot of fun and wasn’t as awful as I thought I’d be. I had to put myself out there and be okay with failure, not limiting myself before I even started. Now I play soccer every week and while I’m not an amazing player, I don’t let my self doubt limit me from trying.
In order to grow and really experience life, we have to put the fear of failing or of embarrassing and disappointing ourselves aside.
What have you been wanting to try but for one reason or another keep putting it off?
Go ahead, write them down! I find that writing out my dreams brings a sense of realness to them, and I start to believe they actually might be possible.
Don’t let your fears limit you. Your limits are in your mind.
You are limitless.
“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” -Bruce Lee