There is an old Chinese proverb that says, "He who hesitates before each step spends life on one leg."
Have you ever tried standing on one leg? After a few minutes, you'll start to sway, and eventually lose your balance. In order to regain your balance you must put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward.
I'm sure that you have noticed by now that time doesn't stand still and it waits for no one. When thinking about taking risks ask yourself:
- What's the worst thing that can happen, and can you live with that?
- How will you feel if you don't take the risk?
- What are the chances that you will succeed?
- How will you know if you don't try?
In Susan Jeffers book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, she talks about the Five Truths of Fear. They are:
- The fear will never go away as long as I continue to grow.
- The only way to get rid of fear of doing something is to go out and do it.
- The only way to feel better about myself is to go out and do it.
- Not only am I going to experience the fear whenever I'm on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone else.
- Pushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes from a feeling of helplessness.
There may be many obstacles on the path towards your goals and, there are also many ways around them, over them, or through them. Don't give up! Find others who will walk beside you that offer encouragement and support.
And, if you ever have moments when you think that there is nothing in life to count on then just let Nature remind you of a few of these things:
The seasons will always change.
The sun will rise and set each day.
The moon will complete it's cycle every month.
The stars will be in the sky shining brightly.
Day will follow night.