It all starts with a dot. A simple mark that turns into a line that morphs into a shape that fills up with a spectrum of colours.
More dots means more lines and shapes and a plethora of hues. These then open opportunities for expression, chances to voice honest, innovative ideas, and paves roads to somewhere new, a place where fear of making a mark doesn’t prevail.
Fear used to control most of my choices and ruled my life in an painful way. That's not to say that I currently live without fear. Sometimes fear is a good motivator and can really push us to limits we were not aware we had. But when it postpones living...that's another thing entirely. When new challenges and opportunities presented themselves, I chose to go down the road most traveled, the one I was comfortable on and felt confident in my abilities. Fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of judgment, these fears fastened themselves to my psyche, infiltrated my muscles, and penetrated my bones. I could not move. In the past I excused myself from attempting too many things, and I won’t say I regret it, but I mourn for those missed opportunities and am now doing everything I can to never let life slip by me the way it has. Fear is no longer a revolving door.
So, how do we liberate ourselves from these invisible shackles that hold us back, that chain us to restricted living and lock us into our comfort zones? Just know this. Everything starts from a dot. One step. One mark. One brick. Kind of like the age old, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. If you don’t try, or if you don’t at least start, then there is no way to succeed.
How do you handle fear?