The year is about to end and some people are lamenting about the things they have yet to accomplish. When we embark on a journey of excellence, we are often faced with different forms of fear. Fear that we are not good enough, experienced enough or knowledgeable enough. Often, we give up and decide it is not for us. We then proceed to put it aside and put it off for a later date. Like the snooze button, when the alarm goes off and we decide we need 10 more minutes that could end up making as extremely late. What if the only time you have to work or participate on this journey is now? What if the decisions you put your snooze button on turn out to be the costly one? By cost–I mean time. By not making a decision to follow through you eventually add up to your cost, of things you should have done but didn’t. At midnight the clock is reset and we are given hours in which we should perform.
Of course, there’s that time when you are ill and you can’t concentrate enough to perform. There are those that do not let that hinder them, but push on, because they know there is a mission they must complete. They know that if they do not do it now, they will not have the strength to do it later.
Procrastination, is a silent form of fear. Sometimes we avoid doing things we are supposed to, either because we like working on the edge. Then do something last minute– only to kick ourselves that we could have made it better. On the other hand, there are those who are afraid—what if they succeed? What happens next? How will they handle the next stage if the current stage seems difficult already? Why does it have to be so difficult? Others are afraid that it’s not the right time. Some go for short-cuts and some just sit in silence watching the idea or activity they had been started by someone else. Again–when is the right time?
There are many people out there with a copious amount of potential and excellence but they sabotage themselves with excuses. Excuses, that have nothing to do with their performance. Learning to separate one’s personal life, while getting the job done is a skill. A skill not everyone has– that takes time to master. These excuses often feel insurmountable to those that make them.
What would you do if you knew you had a few months to live? You suddenly remember all the projects or activities you pushed aside to do later, only to realise there is no time left. Does the face of death have to be the one to convince you to perform? Whatever journey you are embarking on, remember that life is what you make it. Will you watch life pass you by, because of fear? Or will you embrace your fear and find a way to work around it? That journey of excellence, achievement or whatever positive contribution you want to give to the world is your birth right.
It is important to also acknowledge when one needs guidance especially, if you’re not sure of where to start. It could be through prayer, meditation, a life coach or a mentor. There are endless possibilities out there to assist you on your journey. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open and be on the lookout for signs. It could be people speaking on the topic you have always wanted to learn about, bumping into someone in the field you have been thinking of getting into or the newsletter you subscribe to may have the titbits you need.
Think of all the opportunities you could miss because of fear?
A quote by Marianne Williamson that Mandela quoted once is,
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your, playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Go on and claim it; you’ll have extra time to do the things you love. The more time you put in the better your results. As a result the closer you are from conquering your fears and manifesting the best version of you.