Last week´s blog post was a reminder that failure is just a checkpoint in our journey, not our destination. Often, it is the idea of failure- not failure itself- that terrifies us to our core and strips us of the courage to act. If we thought there was no possibility of failing, we would dream bigger, work harder and stay consistent. Except, there is a great possibility that we will and so we play it safe or simply don´t play at all.
During our lesson today, one of my students shared his dream of traveling to Europe. His eyes lit up as he spoke of all he imagined his trip would be and his long list of places he’d love to visit. Then, he shared his terror of getting on an aeroplane to start his journey. The only thing that stands between him and the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum and the Palace of Versailles is often the same thing that stands between us and the life we desire- not the lack of any resource but the lack of courage.
As I listened to him, he reminded me of myself not so long ago – a girl with fear as big as her dreams. In the beginning, I feared failing and when I failed, I feared the humiliation of accepting failure as a part of my reality. What I know now that I didn´t know eight month ago, was that my attitude couldn´t take me where I wanted to be- where I needed to be. My life has not always unfolded the way I imagined but I have faith that it unfolds the way it should and when fear steps in or failure occurs, I am reassured by the fact that neither fear nor failure is greater than I.
Do the things you want to do, live the dreams that haunt you and when fear steps in or failure occurs, know that neither are greater than you!