A lot of us can get stuck in our heads from time to time. We scare easy – the unknown is especially scary – and we tend to put things off because of it. When we put things off, we tend to talk ourselves out of it, and given enough time we can talk ourselves out of even the best ideas.
One of the best things I ever did for myself was to start a podcast. About football. In Danish. With a friend. We haven’t made a single dime from this endeavor, but our friendship has evolved in leaps and bounds and it’s one of the highlights of my week.
The reason I bring it up, is because if we had thought about how scary it would have been, we would most likely have talked each other out of it – but we didn’t. Instead we just reacted instinctively on the idea, and here we are 18 months later, still going strong and having the time of our lives.
If we don’t let our fears take root, it loses its power, but if left unchecked fear kills. Fear of failure, fear of other people’s opinion, fear of ridicule, fear of not being good enough and fear of making a fool of ourselves can all kill an otherwise perfectly sound project before it ever gets going.
The most illustrative example of this is a family member of mine. He’s hugely talented and could have made an amazing comedian or musician, but his fear of what happened if he really applied himself – his fear of not being good enough – has held him back to the point where he now languishes in mediocrity, and has to live with the idea of what might have been.
Don’t let your fear hold you back. You’re not going to die – and anything else you can do deal with.
Go out there and make a ruckus.