I have a laquered plaque that hangs next to my desk, and it says, “What would you do if you knew you could not fail?”
The freedom contained in that sentence is unimagineable! Not having to worry about failing…there are many, many things I’d try. I’d write poetry. I’d become fluent in Spanish. Again. And French. I’d become a whiz at Photoshop. I’d finish the book I’ve started writing. And I’d learn to tailor clothes and then sew myself a beautiful tweed skirt…maybe add some soft leather. And I was told today by a friend’s daughter that I should have an advice column. We jokingly called it, “Good advice with a bad attitude!” Let’s just say I’m not Miss Manners!
But, I am afaid to try any of those things because I worry that I’ll be lousy at them! Unfortunately, I am one of “those people” who feel that if you’re going to do something, you have to do it perfectly. (Of course I realize that there is no such thing as perfection). I realize too, that we should strive for excellence rather than perfection, but this only lowers the bar a tiny bit, in my opinion.
What’s a person to do when they’re stuck and afraid to make a move? When they are worried they will look foolish? One thing: take the step!
This is a Tarot card, and it symbolizes the beginning of the journey through the deck, and through life. The Fool is stepping out on a ledge, taking a risk, going into the unknown. There will be set-backs and missteps along the way, but as my man, Woody Allen says, “If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.”
I had a professional headshot done this week in a move toward innovation. And it was fun and easy, thank you, Korey Howell! www.koreyhowellphotography.com Bolstered by that success, I took it one step further, figured out how to add it to the header, and it’s now displayed above. My journey continues.
My question to you this week is: What would you do if you knew you could not fail? I look forward to your comments.