fail·ure · noun · The Omission of an Expected or Required Action
If you Google the word "failure", this is the definition that comes up. As I contemplated my desired life changes and starting this blog, I feared failure. I didn't know where to start. I didn't know how to begin. I worried no one would give a crap about what I had to say. I worried I would fail.
It's tough to put yourself out there, to be vulnerable. It's tough to write from your heart and put a lot of work into something, only to find out you've inspired no one and got nothing accomplished. It is scary to think about sharing your hopes, dreams, worries with the world and potentially being judged. Given my age of 39, I worried (worry) about what my friends and family will think of my cockamamie plan and my apparent inability to "settle down" into one career. But what is failure, and why are we all so afraid of it? And why do we so commonly allow it to control our destinies?
"The omission of an expected or required action." Doesn't sound so bad, right? It's not so scary and awful when you think of it this way. Another way of looking at this: if you do what is expected and required, you will succeed. OK, I can do that. I have a plan. I'm dedicated. I'm passionate. I can succeed! I WILL succeed.