" Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you will go, just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you've faced. All the battles you have won. All the fears you've overcome. All the chapters you have written. Remember the moments that came before when you had this same doubt and overcame it. You can go as far as you let yourself go. Let go and you will soar farther then you've ever imagined." - unknown
Why is it so easy to let fear take hold in our lives? I feel like I default to fear and doubt so often. I feel like I'm not doing enough with my business and just my life in general. I set goals for myself and have expectations, but then I lose interest or steam and give up. I have days when I absolutely love my work and the creative process, and other days when I'm sure I'll never make it and no one even cares or notices. Discouragement can be so real, guys. It can catch you off guard when you least expect it and can be set off by the littlest things.
It's not wrong to fear sometimes, or have doubts. The wrong comes when I stay there. When I let my struggles overcome me instead of speaking truth to myself. Telling myself that there is beauty in the process and that I don't have to "arrive" to make something of myself. Life isn't about success. It's about living - really living. The world's definition of success is always changing, and, to be honest, I'll probably never be successful from the world's point of view. You know what, though? That's okay. I don't want to be rich just for the sake of being rich. I don't care about status, or having the latest model of phone or car. What I care about is living a full life, one that is focused on other people and pursuing my passions. I'm slowly learning that the secret to crushing my fear and doubt is to just stop overthinking and go for it. Stop worrying about what this or that person is going to think about me. Learning to not fear failure. The thing about failure is that it shows that I actually tried. It is far, far better to fail then never try. Remembering that failure is not the end, but a beginning. One option closing so I can pursue another course of action.
There are days that I'm really discouraged about where I am in life right now, not going to lie. But I have also seen myself grow by leaps and bounds in confidence, skill, and my outlook on life. I am so, so thankful for the growth, and I hope you can be thankful for the growth in your own life, too.