Why I risk failure

Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb. That’s where the fruit is.
— H. Jackson Browne
A local cherry plum tree blooms giving way to leaves

A local cherry plum tree blooms giving way to leaves

Last week, in a spate of love-bombing, my friend Sheila wrote this message on my Facebook wall:

I live vicariously through your journeys. I am witness to the beauty and magic without the blisters. I love the way you live life so fully and boldly. The way you never give up. It gives the rest of us permission to dream a little bigger. Thank you for being you.”

I felt delighted and honoured to receive such a heart-felt message of gratitude and encouragement but in feeling fully seen and acknowledged I was hit by a moment of vulnerability - I am sharing my publishing journey publicly and risking failure in front of everyone. If I don’t get published then everyone will know that I have failed, that maybe my writing wasn’t good enough, that I’m not good enough. I could be embarrassed and ashamed.

It was a momentary thought, a pretty shitty one that I quickly put aside because I know this:

That living a dream-less life is like living life dead.

Going for your dreams involves risk but it brings you alive.

The world needs people who have come alive, who take risks and live life consciously and mindfully.

If I fail to get published but sharing my dream and my journey encourages you to go for your own dream, then that is enough.

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

I have submitted my manuscript with four publishers now. I haven’t heard back from any of them except the standard confirmation of receipt but I’m not worried. I trust that it will find its way to the right one, that the right door will open at the right time even if that right door is self-publishing. I trust that everything unfolds exactly the way it needs to and when. I trust that I am on the right path.

This past week I also knocked on the door of a website that shares simple wisdom for complex lives with over 1.5 million followers and my article was accepted for publication. It will appear within the next couple of months and I can’t wait to share it with you when it does.

“From little things, big things grow.” – Paul Kelly

Sometimes we have to knock on a lot of doors until the right one opens. Sometimes we have to start small so the dream has a chance to snowball. We just have to start.

What small step will you take this week to help your big dream grow?

What words of encouragement and gratitude will you share with someone this week? You might never know the positive impact it has on their life but it could make all the difference in the world.

Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know

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