I once heard a story of a criminal who was sent to the king to receive punishment for his crimes.
The king gave him two options of punishment to choose from. To be hung by a rope or to take what’s behind a big, dark, scary and mysterious door.
Quickly the criminal chose the rope. However, on a second thought out of curiosity, he asked the king what was behind the door. The king laughed and said “Freedom”.
He further narrated how funny it is that everyone offered the two choices usually picks the rope. The criminals were so afraid of the unknown behind the door that they immediately pick the rope and ended up dead, not knowing they just missed the opportunity of being set free.
The criminal in this story is a good example of not allowing the fear of the unknown to rob you of a wonderful opportunity of freedom and life. Other criminals like most people were not able to live their dreams because they lived their fears.
Have you ever thought of the worst that could happen if you make that decision, start that new venture, sit for that exam, or leave that job?
The truth is, no matter what happens, your family will still be your family, the friend that will stay, will stand by you and your enemy might remain your enemy. In other words, little or nothing will change.
So why die in the fear of the unknown?
The fear of failure will constantly be between you and your goals in life.
I would like to encourage you today to pick up the boldness and push past your fears.
Take that bold step, open that door of the unknown and see the new opportunities waiting for you.
Please give no room to procrastination which is the mother of failure.
I will leave you with these three thought provoking quotes:
• “Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely.” — Henry Ford
• “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” ― Maya Angelou
• “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” ― Theodore Roosevelt
Thank you for reading.
Kindly leave your thoughts.
One Reply to “Afraid of failing?”
..So, why die in the fear of unknown.