Are there activities, goals, aspirations that get tucked away because you're too scared to try?
Tonight, I saw a bunch of women coming in to register for the Women's Cycling Clinic that is being held this weekend by a local group. Several of the women were experienced cyclists, coming to sharpen skills already in place. Some of them, however, seemed nervous, unsure if they could hang in the group they were assigned to, apprehensive, worried they might look dumb or not fit in.
.....but you know what? They're going to do it anyhow. And I am 100% positive that they will come out of this weekend feeling more confident, more excited to ride, and more sure of their own ability to pursue fitness and athletic pursuits.
Take a minute. Think about something you've always wanted to learn, to accomplish, to conquer. Ponder it.
Now, invest some of yourself in doing that thing. Even if you have to do it in stages, start.
"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."