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Fear can be a crazy thing. There is the good type of fear that acts as a warning signal to shield you from something potentially harmful or dangerous; then there is the bad type of fear that disguises itself as reason whenever an good idea or opportunity presents itself. Honestly, oftentimes it is the bad fear that causes the most regret.
When I saw the news of comedienne, actress, and tv personality Sherri Shepherd being eliminated from the lineup of the television show Dancing with the Stars, I immediately began to feel bad for her. However when I watched the video clip of her elimination and heard her response afterwards, it no longer saddened me, but encouraged me.
I am sure that Sherri Shepherd went through the very same process that we put ourselves through: the Dancing with the Stars opportunity became available, her very first thought was, “Yes that would be great-I should do it!” but then right after that came the thoughts of, “I can’t do that”, followed by a continuous string of “reasons” and “what if’s”. The exception is that in our case, most times we become so fearful that we let the reasons and what-if’s win.
Why become so afraid to at least try? Whether it is a new career or promotion opportunity, advanced classes or internships, starting or expanding a business venture or simply traveling to new places and trying new things–whatever it may be, it is important to fight through the feeling of being afraid and at the very least, give it a chance. If things do not work out for you, then so be it—but I can guarantee that you will not only come out of the experience a stronger and better person, but you will also learn some new things about yourself that you can apply to your life’s journey going forward.
The next time a great opportunity presents itself in your life and you begin to feel too afraid to take a chance and go for it, remember these two quotes:
If you tried and you failed, at least you tried
I would rather have a life of ‘oh-wells’ than a life of ‘what-ifs’
Gain encouragement from the words that Sherri Shepherd spoke about her Dancing with the Stars experience. Sure, she was shocked and saddened by being voted off the show, but instead of focusing on her disappointment, she was grateful for the experience and now has the great accomplishment of overcoming her fears to live out one of her dreams.
In her own words:
“If you don’t go towards the thing you fear, you won’t be able to say you lived.”
Have you ever missed out on a great opportunity because you were too afraid to try? What great experiences in your life did you almost miss due to fear? Do you have favorite sayings or people who encourage you to overcome being afraid? Share with me below or tell me about it at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
photo credit: sherrishepherd.com
video credits: huffingtonpost and abcnews