I know my answer: fear. Pretty simple. I hate admitting that and saying it out loud, but it’s real. As I look forward to another day, another month, another year, the one thing I want focus on is accepting my fear and moving beyond it. I want to continue to work on letting go of the phantoms of things that haven’t been because of my fear—fear of judgment, fear of failure, fear of saying the wrong thing, fear of doing too much, fear of doing too little, fear of not being the husband or dad I want to be, fear of not being the man I want to be…so. many. fears. They’re not debilitating fears, but everywhere in my life I can see the remnants of decisions based on fear.
I’m ready to move beyond it.
Ultimately we know deeply that the other side of every fear is freedom.
I’m going to practice being conscious of my fear and rather than ignoring it, shoving it down, or masking it in anger, I’m going to work on acknowledging and accepting it. I know being afraid is normal and ultimately I’ll be okay. Things won’t magically turn out the way I want just because I accept my fear, but I’ll be doing and saying the things that are important to me. And I don’t have to be afraid of the outcome.
Part of why I’m putting this out there is to learn from others…What are your fears? What are you doing to move beyond them? I want to also invite you to hold me accountable. Please check in with my progress or ask questions in the comments or on Twitter. I know I’m the only one that can identify, accept, and move beyond my fear, but I know I’m not in this alone. And for that, I am grateful.