How do we define the act of being fearless? Sometimes it is hard to break free from the crowd or truly live out our dreams because of the thought of failure.
We all tend to create our own definitions throughout our lives, but here are a few jumping off points to consider when trying to overcome your fears:
It means being able to say what you want when you want, no matter what others may say.
You have a voice; let it be heard. A ventriloquist does not own you.
It is the choice of being an independent thinker and asking why, when others in a collective group may say either “yes” or “no.”
Some may call it cocky, but independent thinkers should be looked at as confident. Stand up for what you believe in and don’t give in to the status quo. If someone tells you to jump off of a building, don’t you want to know the reason behind it?
It's the act of believing in yourself, even when others try to constantly put you down.
People will always talk and form their own opinions, but somewhere out there, somebody has faith in you. Let people talk so when you prove them wrong it tastes that much sweeter.
It's realizing that it is you (and only you) who leads to the right path and YOU have the power to choose who you want to be.
So you say you want to be a writer? Write. You say you want to be a professional athlete? Train.
No one else is going to give you the success you deserve unless you put in the work yourself. It is about hard work and discipline and having the drive to push through the hard times.
It is trying something brand new and not being afraid to mess up or be ridiculed by others.
You think you aren’t good at anything or haven’t found your niche? Well, you never know until you try. There is something out there for you that you probably haven’t even heard of yet, but the challenge lies in being willing to find it.
Don’t be so concerned about making mistakes. The reality is, the ones who we fear will laugh at us are the ones who should feel ridiculed.
It's understanding that great things take time to develop and instead of solely being patient, you should be active and progressive in striving for perfection.
Don’t just settle for being good at something; instead, go for being the best. The ones who become obsessed and choose to make a lifestyle change are the ones who stand out.
It is to be able to decipher between the good and the bad, yet still find the positives in both.
Just because something didn’t go as planned, doesn’t mean there was no lesson to be learned. An easy example is you forgot to put the timer on your cookies and instead cooked them for 18 minutes instead of 12.
They probably burned and tasted horrible, so the next time you baked cookies, you remembered to set that timer for 10 just in case.
It's learning to make the right decisions for the future, even if it seems wrong at the time.
We typically don’t have to make major decisions until we are much older, but sometimes in our teens or early 20s, there are decisions that seem so simple and routine they can actually change our lives.
Maybe you decide that you won’t go out three days before your big exam or that you’re going to attend a charity event with your family instead of going to that once-a-year beach party with your friends.
Sometimes these little decisions can affect our lives without us even realizing. You never know what you’ll learn or whom you’ll meet until you put yourself out there.
It's not letting someone else write a definition for you, but instead, writing the book yourself and sharing it with the world.
Don’t be afraid to color outside of the lines. In the age of technology and innovation, we have the power to publish ourselves in more than just black and white.
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