I don’t know if there’s such a thing as being fearless. I’ve come to learn that everyone shakes in their boots on occasion. Some people are just better at hiding it than others.
As a perfectionist, I say “yes” to a lot and fill up my plate with a lot of work. I get stressed out a lot and freak out a lot and wish I hadn’t said “yes” to so much. I fear missing out on chances to advance my career if I say “no.” After taking on so much last year and feeling burnt out, I got better at saying “no.”
However, one of my fears is saying “yes” in the context of social opportunities. I’m afraid to say “yes” to adventures because I’m afraid to get out of my routine. I’ve passed up a lot of opportunities to go on incredible photo walks or day trips because it was too early in the morning or too late at night or the weather was too cold or too foggy or raining or I didn’t know anyone who would be there and I would rather stay in the comforts of my home editing photos on Photoshop than go out and try something new. My goal this year is to say “yes” to more social opportunities and make more authentic friendships—not being social just to network for the sake of my business.
In the future, I definitely see myself traveling. Traveling alone perhaps. But right now, in this season of my life, it is not the right time. Right now I need to focus on growing a business, school, my health and saving enough money to be able to travel. I know people say don’t wait to travel when you’re young. Some people even take gap years in between high school and college to travel. BUT I don’t feel like I’m missing out on any opportunities by not traveling now. I know the type of business I’m building will allow me to travel in the future.
What are some of your fears you want to concur?