…can be ended by action alone.” – Thomas Carlyle
This week’s quote has been attributed to 1800s Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher Thomas Carlyle. For me it serves as a helpful reminder that it’s better to do things than to wonder what I might have to lose by venturing out into the unknown.
Lately, I’ve felt burdened by doubt. Wear as before I had the courage of my convictions, lately I’ve been hesitant to let my actions go where my principles might otherwise lead me. Personally and professionally, my mojo is off. And as such many of my actions have been governed in fear as opposed to driven by prospective opportunities.
Put another way: As opposed to focusing on how much I have to gain, I’ve instead fixated on what I might lose.
This weekend, however, I remembered again that time is finite. And against the limited expanse of time I (and we all) have remaining, fear must shrink away to nothing. Better still… there is an argument to be made uncertainty and fear should be exciting; feeling such emotions often means we are pushing ourselves to heights we’ve never been before, growing.
…So as we get started this week, I want to encourage you to cast aside your fear, stop worrying about what lies ahead, and move forward. Whether you succeed or fail in your endeavors, you will learn a little bit more about yourself and become capable of a little bit more than you were before.
Or maybe I have this wrong? As always, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.