When you’re excited you’re imagining all the ways things will go right. When you’re afraid, you’re panicking over all the ways you think things may turn out. It’s a mindset. So people will tell you that because your mind focuses on your state of panic, you attract what you fear. Would this work if we feared success?
In Very Good Lives, JK Rowling shares the powerful idea that living a meaningful life so often means daring to risk failure.
“Some failure in life is inevitable, it is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all.”
After everything, that’s what we’re most afraid of. We’re afraid to fail at whatever it is we seek.
I don’t have phobias, I’m not afraid of heights or the dark. I’m afraid of simpler things. Like coming so very close to where I want to be in life, then falling short. Our deepest fear is not that we are powerful beyond measure. Our deepest fear is that we are inadequate.
But either way, we should take the risk.