Challenge: Write down a major life goal you have yet to achieve or even begin to take action on. For each goal, write down three uncertainties (read: fears) you have relating to each goal. Break it down further, and write down three reasons for each uncertainty. When you have three reasons for your fear, you’ll be able to start processing the change because you know where the fear stems from. Now you’ll be able to make a smaller changes that push you towards your larger goal. So begins the process of “trusting yourself.”
I don't have a major life goal that I haven't taken action on, so even though it's redundant, I'll go with being an artist since that's the big deal.
1. I don't have enough talent.
Is it nature or nurture? If I spend 10,000 hours at this will it really matter? Is talent something you just have to be born with?
2. I'll never be able to make a consistent habit of practice.
Self-discipline is not my forte. Neither is time management. I've gotten a lot better at both of these things in my professional life, but I generally feel like my personal life is an organizational shambles. I've gotten a little better, but still far from good. What if I just keep procrastinating for the rest of my life and never catch up?
3. I'm too old.
I'm almost 40 and I'm just beginning. What if I've squandered what natural talent I have?
But none of these really matter if I'm just here to enjoy the journey.