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Determination

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than the ones you did do.  So throw off the bow lines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.
-Mark Twain

I came across this quote today in a book I was reading.  Man, I needed to hear that.  Isn’t it inspiring?  And so true.  I’ve always said that when I die I want to be able to say that I gave my all for what I believed in.  It’s the answer to all your doubts.  “I’m just gonna give my all to what I believe in.”  Stepping into a new venture in life is never easy, and I am attempting to step into several at once.

Sometimes I think I quit everything I try.  My husband was surprised when he heard me say that.  He was surprised because I am known as a person of strong convictions.  I know what I believe.  I know why I believe it and nothing is going to change that.  I have taken several leaps in life that seemed crazy to many.  However, those are deep passions of the heart and soul.  I’m afraid that on a superficial level–the level of day-to-day mundane things–I’m a quitter.  Sure, I’ve been able to maintain the most monotonous, boring, even stressful jobs, but on my own brain-children?  I give up.  The truth is, I’m an insecure visionary.  I’m full of ideas and I get really excited about the good ones when they come, but when it comes to implementing them, I’m not so faithful.  Worse than that, I’m afraid they won’t work out and I’ll feel like a failure.  But this time, I’m determined to stick with it.

If The Funky Lamp fails, it won’t be for lack of trying.  I’m going to give it my best shot and if it fails I’ll know it wasn’t because I gave up.  I figure that I have a bonus this time.  This time I’m combining the day-to-day mundane with the deep passions of my heart.  This is about adopting children.  Giving those who have no home, no family, a forever home and family.  It’s worth the risk.  The way I see it, it’s a win-win scenario.  I learn not to give up, and I get the kids.  Not bad at all.

Does anyone besides me struggle with fear of failure?
What is something you have always wanted to do, but have always been secretly afraid to do?

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