'Doing one fool thing after another is not so terrible when you consider the human proclivity to do several fool things at once' Robert Brault
Stress is who you think you should be--Relaxation is who you are
Are you so afraid of making a mistake or looking stupid you fail to take the 1st step toward your heart's desire? Lighten up! Get out there and mess up.
As Bertrand Russell said, 'The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.'
Rather than being a sign you're about to do something foolish--your fear of looking stupid is a sure sign you're on the threshold of courageously stepping in the right direction to fulfill a dream or to solve a problem of importance. Your self-doubt is an intelligent way to pause to reflect before you jump in, not a cause to abandon your direction.
Step into Life Courageously
We are wired to learn from our mistakes. The key to moving your life forward is to continually take a step--any step--that has the potential for a positive outcome.
'Don't belittle yourself be BIG yourself', says Corita Kent. It takes a big person to get out there, be foolish, and make mistakes in the course of living life. Set your sights on what you want -- a good job, a healthy relationship, a healthy body--and continually take small steps in the direction of that goal. Sometimes playing the fool isn't so foolish after all.
'One is more apt to become wise by doing fool things than by reading wise sayings.' Robert Brault
The Foolish Factor: Face What Makes You Feel Foolish Despite the Fear
Ask someone out.
Let others know you're looking for a relationship.
Let others know you're looking for a job.
Let others know you've been on unemployment long enough and you really want a job.
Apply for a job you know 100 others applied for.
Speak up in a meeting.
Say 'I Love You'.
Admit you made a mistake.
Ask for help.
Admit you feel foolish.
Go on--choose to look foolish pursuing your dreams. Fail big; fall on your face; embarrass yourself big time--just stay involved experimenting with life.
'It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.' Ralph Waldo EmersonSign Up for Free E-mail updates
For more than 35 years, Susan Meyerott has been helping people lighten up and step over invisible barriers to change one step at a time. She speaks to your heart, puts you at ease, and makes changing easier than ever before.
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