Last night, I taught my first yoga session. Despite loving yoga, taking classes almost every day and doing my teacher training since January, I had been procrastinating teaching it. Why had I been putting this off? Because of a nasty four-letter word that is present in all our lives but often goes unnoticed. A sneaky little creature that can creep into our decision making process without us even realizing it: FEAR.
Fear, or rather moving past it, seems to have been the theme of my life since the start of the year. As much as I used to let it control much of what I did, I decided to face it head on in 2014. I have noticed different underlying types of fear and one of the biggest ones is the fear of failure. But what does “failure” mean really?
Some definitions say it’s the lack of success. Okay… Then what is success? This is where we can get philosophical but I will just speak for myself and say that one’s definition of success can change throughout our lives. For me, success went from having a prestigious job at a glamorous fashion magazine to following my dreams and trusting my intuition.
Success also means busting through my fears. Fear of what other people might think, fear of making mistakes and fear of not being super awesome at something right from the get-go (this last one is quite popular with perfectionists). So I guess the universe is trying to help me out because this is what I read in my 365 days of inspiration book right before teaching my first yoga class last night:
“It is impossible to live without failing at something – unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” – J.K. Rowling
So there you have it. You can’t really fail unless you don’t try. Takes the pressure off doesn’t it? It might not magically dissipate all our fears but it can at least remind us that we need to allow ourselves to make mistakes. It’s all part of the process, especially if you want to live to its fullest. And what about those people that stand to the side and warn you to be cautious about following your dreams? Make them to read this:
Thank you to my business and life teacher Marie Forleo for posting the above quote just when I needed it the most. Have you ever let the fear of failure stop you from doing something that your heart was yearning for? Pin the above images as a reminder to allow yourself to make mistakes and live life to the fullest! You can also just right click and save them to your desktop!
Images (1) Bloguettes (2) Etsy