Do you ever feel afraid to try something new because you’re worried about messing up? What is the last thing you wanted to do, but didn’t, because of this fear?
I really love this quote by one of my favorite authors, Esther Hicks, from the Abraham-Hicks books. It takes a huge weight off to know that you don’t have to take life so seriously, and that there is plenty of room to maneuver.
The Sidewalk vs. The Road
It’s tempting to think of things in finite terms. We always want to quantify things and know what the boundaries and limitations are. It reminds me of an analogy I heard years ago from a pastor giving a sermon. I don’t remember what the topic was, but I liked the idea. It goes something like this:
We often think of life like walking on a sidewalk. You follow the path, and as long as you stay on it, you are “on the right track,” but if you step off, then you are thought to have lost your way. We spend so much energy worrying about how to get our lives “back on track,” as if there is only one specific track to follow.
However, life is much bigger than that. It’s more like the road that is long and wide. You have lots of room to move to the left, to the right, and if you really feel like it, even go around in circles for a while… aren’t roundabouts fun?
Choosing the “Right” Road
Here’s the thing. The only right road is the road you’re on. Period. As cliche as it is, life really is a journey, and that journey is all about trying, failing, learning, and growing. It’s a process, and eventually, for all of us, the road will lead us to some destination.
However, if you’ve every traveled anywhere, you know that there is more than one way to get to any place. So don’t worry so much about staying on any particular path or what will happen if you choose to meander and try out a few new things along the way.
Life is not so fragile that you’re going to mess anything up. If you do make mistakes, even big ones, just count them as part of the journey, and learn and grow from them… then keep going down the road.
Share and Motivate Others
What new thing have you been worried about trying because you were afraid of messing up? Share as much or as little as you like. Sharing encourages others and gives everyone the opportunity to support each other.
I sometimes catch myself saying things like, “I don’t know what I should do,” or “What if I make the wrong choice?” As innocent as it seems, this kind of thinking implies that there is only one right way or some destiny that needs to be followed. However, when I let go of this mindset and stop worrying so much, I feel free to follow my heart and intuition, which have taken me to many interesting places, but have never misguided me.
Please share your own fears and concerns you’re having about possibly messing up. Let’s all help each other on our journeys by motivating and supporting each other.
Keep having the courage to walk through those doors, and have an awesome day!