There is an inspirational quote floating around Facebook that says, “What if I fall? Oh, but my Darling, what if you FLY?” This quote has resonated with me ever since I saw it 2 months ago. We are all so afraid to fail that sometimes it holds people back from their greatest achievements.
Last winter, both of our daughters suffered sports injuries so bad that they both required surgery. When we were nearing the end of physical therapy for both, the therapists warned us that our girls may be timid when they return to play. They may be afraid of re-injury or they may be afraid that they’ll never be as good as they once were. This became true for one of our girls.
She kept saying she wasn’t any good, she wasn’t going to do well, don’t bother to come & watch, I’ll be bad. Then she had her 1st competition & all of that negativity fell to the wayside & out came our old competitor. Strong & competitive as ever. I can’t say for sure what brought about the change in her? But I’m so glad it did because now she can FLY!
In my new business, I discovered that I was afraid to succeed! Can you imagine? Afraid to be successful at something?! Well, I was worried that if I grew a team, I’d be responsible for their success. I have to teach them how to do what I do, what if I didn’t teach them the right way? What if I didn’t give them all the right tools? All sorts of dumb things started creeping into my mind. But then I realized, my teams success is not up to me. Yes, I need to give them the right tools & point them in the right direction, but their level of determination & drive is up to them, not me. I can’t want it for them. They have to want it for themselves! My job is to cheer them on the whole way!
That was very freeing!! Maybe that is what my daughter experienced? Maybe once she got to the starting line she realized it was all up to her. It wasn’t going to be determined by anyone else how well she did in her races. It was her race to run & her determination & drive is what will determine how well she will do.
I’ve heard Joyce Meyer say fear is from the devil. I do believe that to be true. It’s his way of keeping us down & keeping us from believing in our own ability to succeed. My hope for all of you that are reading this post right now is that you never for one moment fear failure. Let it drive you to FLY!