Sunday, February 21, 2016

Go For It


If you want to do anything, do it now. Don't spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it. 

- inspirational words I found on the internet 

You can make a difference in your life TODAY, just by following those three little words of advice… go for it.

It doesn't have to be big. Start small. Stop fretting and just start DOING the little things that scare you. Smile at a stranger. Wear that bold red lipstick in public. Ask the cute guy at the bar to coffee. Take risks. You have ONE LIFE. What have you got to lose?

Start small and then get deeper.

Write the story that is so painful you cringe as you scrawl through pages of lined paper, write something that pulls at your gut.

Tell the person who is hurting you most in the world what's going on. Stand up for yourself. Talk through it, or leave.

Move to New Zealand, Spain, anywhere you want, wherever you've always dreamed of going.

Start a huge project that you're afraid you won't be able to finish. Show your photography to that shop owner and ask if you can hang it on their walls. Risk rejection. Risk failure.

If you want to dream big, live large, and find the extraordinary life you KNOW you are capable of bringing into existence, you have to get over your fears.

But it starts with the little things, with two equally important questions.

What are you going to conquer today?

and

What are you going to fail at?

The outcome doesn't matter. What matters is that you go for it. That tomorrow, you will not be the victim of any "I wish…" sentiments. In the end, we only regret the chances we haven't taken, the leaps we haven't attempted. It is so much more satisfying, later, to say you tried and failed but gained some knowledge in the process, than to say you never got over your fear.

Remember when you were a kid and you did whatever you felt like and you were so, so happy? Even if you did something totally dumb, you got over it quickly- you weren't afraid to make mistakes, embarrass yourself. On some level, you knew mistakes lead to growth. Taking risks and failing and standing back up are what it's all about. 

Tomorrow, you should always be able to say, "Yes, I went for it." Maybe you crashed and burned completely, but at least you tried. As James Thurber said, "You might as well fall flat on your face as lean too far backwards."

My challenge for you today is to find one thing that terrifies you, whether it's big or small, and just go for it.

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