Fear is the barrier that keeps us from moving forward.
Most of our fears are not random. We usually have a reason for our fears. A lot of times, our fears are born from painful past experiences. We stepped out of our comfort zone only to have our worst fears realized. We poured our heart and soul into something that did not work out. Quite frankly, we don't want to humiliate ourselves again.
So we wait like Abby and Jack waited in the "You've broken free, now what?" blog post. If we are waiting until the fear and feelings of inadequacy disappear, we will never move forward. We must take that first step in order to break free and to grow and evolve as a person. In order to move forward despite our fears and feelings, we must realize there is something worse than the unknown, worse than discomfort, worse than failure. The worst thing is to never try at all.
Slavery to fear is much worse than the battle scars of trying. In fact, even failed effort produces something of value, growth. So many of us allow the fear of failure to keep us from gaining important skills or accomplishing things we never thought possible. Failure is a reason to grow stronger, not give up.
What could your life be like if you moved forward despite your fears? How could your life be different if you chose to do something despite feeling afraid?