Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy
If you’re like most people, you sat down at the beginning of the year and made of list of things you hoped to accomplish in 2013. So, how’s it going? Are there goals still waiting for you to attempt them? If there are, most likely it’s that old, familiar stumbling block — fear — that’s stopping you. To make progress on your goals, you must confront your fear before you can begin.
Fear is natural; everyone is afraid of something. And most people allow fear to stop them from taking the necessary steps to achieve their dreams. Some people will go to great lengths to avoid facing their fear and for good reason: It’s uncomfortable. Successful people, on the other hand, face their fear but don’t let it stop them from moving forward.
Most of the good stuff in life requires some degree of risk. And the truth is that taking a risk means that you might fail. Successful people are willing to take a leap of faith, even if they are afraid. They know that if they don’t act, the opportunity to get what they want will pass them by.