So there’s this funny thing I’ve noticed about fear – although it’s lurking everywhere, and is one of the main factors in preventing me from doing about 90% percent of things I dream of accomplishing, I rarely actually admit that I’m afraid.
It’s true. I’ll come up with nearly any other excuse in the book for why I’m not taking action. The time isn’t right. It’s too expensive. It might be too hard on someone else. I’ll start Monday. I need to do something else first. I just don’t have time. Some of those excuses might be partly true. Some things are expensive, most things do take time, and often I could be better prepared later, but is that really the reason I’m not taking action? Deep down, I think we mostly know what our true reasons are.
So why do I hesitate to admit when it’s mainly fear that’s holding me back? Only you can answer that question for yourself, but for me it’s not because I’m don’t want to think of myself as weak or even that I’m embarrassed about my fear. It’s because if I admit that it’s primarily just fear that’s holding me back, I’ll have to stop hiding behind all my excuses and I’ll have to actually face the thing I fear! Quite frankly, that’s terrifying! Oh, it’s so much easier to come up with other excuses.
But we won’t make progress, if we don’t call it like it is. So what excuses have you been hiding behind?