I love to go out cycling. I feel so free, powerful and alive, but I also play it safe. The photo below is a road that I pass each morning. I’d like to go down it, but I’ll admit straight up– I’m scared to death– seriously. I have a phobia that I will be chased by dogs who will torture me for miles by nipping incessantly at my heels.
This “road less traveled.” heads out to farmland and it’s unknown to me, so I opt for staying well within my comfort zone by riding through residential areas.
When I think about this fear, it makes no sense. I’m afraid of something that may or may not exist and quite frankly, my fears are probably unfounded in this case. It’s easy to blame this fear on my city girl mentality. I just feel more comfortable where there are people, where there is activity, not in a desolate unknown place.
I pass this road each morning and I continue to stick to my comfortable path. Metaphorically, I know it’s showing me that I need to face the fear of the unknown and of failing. This path symbolizes many things in my life, and my guess is that you’ve faced some roads that scare you to death too. It’s easy to remain in that safety zone, but it can also be pretty depressing too because it causes limitation and stagnation.
Failure does not does not define who you intrinsically are as a person. Failure is simply part of the journey.
As soon as I hit publish on this post, I’m heading out for my morning ride, and I will be passing that road. I will need to make that decision to either turn or keep going straight. How about you? Will you punch fear in the face today?
I want to leave you with a success quote that I stumbled upon this morning which I find inspiring. I hope that it empowers you in everything that you do today!
Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.