There are a lot of things we convince ourselves we cannot do. Often times we get comfortable with exactly where we are, sometimes it is the fear of the unknown that holds us back, and sometimes we lack the self-confidence and sheer willpower to do the things we want to do. Our fear of failure, more times than not, is the root to the reasons why we don't start something or start something and never finish it. Fear of failure is buried below all of the things we have convinced ourselves of, as I mentioned above, and most of the time it is buried so deep that we never actually bring it to the surface. All the other ' whys " are our determining factor in the things we do or do not do. If we actually got to that root cause we would see that we convinced ourselves of so many lies.
Most of the time it takes one rejection, one mishap or misstep to convince us we will fail, so we simply stop trying. Many do not realize that those mishaps, missteps and rejection are simply stepping stones to get it to where we want to be. All too often we see these things as immediate failures rather than lesson learned. These lessons learned are what teaches us, helps us to grow and ultimately get us to exactly where we are meant to be. The problem is that rather than picking ourselves up and dusting ourselves off, we start to stare at the door that has been closed on us, focusing on the problem rather than the solution. We revert back to our comfort zone and that is where we stay. We stay there because it is familiar and we have convinced ourselves... nothing can go wrong there. By doing this we don't see all the other doors that did open for us or the doors that are about to; we focus so much on the problem that we never see the resolution. See, on the other side of what we consider failure, is success, if only we would learn and grow from the things that are trying to teach us.
Helen Keller was an American author, political activist and lecturer. She was both deaf and blind, and earned a bachelor of arts degree as the first deaf-blind person. Helen Keller had every reason to do nothing and to convince herself of the very things we convince ourselves of every single day. She did not. She did not allow her deficits to define her and limit her. From Helen Keller to athletes whom are missing limbs, if we allow their attitudes and fortitude to permeate our lives, imagine what we could and will do.
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