What does your fear look like? And just how many fears do you have? This is one emotion that probably touches everyone in the world at one time or another. It can paralyze you, or it can motivate you.
There are times in life when true fear is necessary for our survival. This is when a person is wise to be afraid for you may be in physical danger. One book I recommend without reservation was written by Gavin de Becker, titled The Gift of Fear. He describes how you should embrace the fear to identify a situation of peril and how to protect yourself and possibly ward off the violent result. As the advertising copy reads: True fear is a gift, unwarranted fear is a curse. You can learn the difference.
The other side, the curse side of the fear coin, is what gives us trouble all through life. Have you tasted this fear - brought on not by reality but perception? The sounds that go bump in the night, the rustles of disquiet in a silent room, the interrupted dreams/nightmares that bring the lump to the throat and the wrench in the gut? Oh, I have.
Most of these fears are brought on because there are things we want to do, dreams we have, experiences we would love to go through. The fear of failure often holds us back, keeps us from even trying because we might be shamed or make a fool of ourselves. This is the fear that needs to be overcome. And you are not alone in this.
Mark Twain: The human race is a race of cowards, and I am not only marching in that
procession but carrying a banner. Perhaps he was one with the next person.
Alfred Hitchcock: The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
Bill Cosby: Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.
So if you have a dream you want to fulfill, go for it. Think it through, make a plan, and give it a try. Yes, you might fail, but at least you tried. And that is a source of satisfaction indeed. But you might actually succeed. And that is even greater satisfaction.
Maybe it will help if you remember this - it is very probable you will never come up with something that hasn't been done before in some form. People have painted pictures, written books, made films, invented new products, acted on stage, taught classes, sang songs, played instruments, danced for themselves and others. You bring your perspective to whatever you do, and that can be a joy to yourself in the trying and a joy to others in the completion.
One last thing - the hardest part is that moment when you are ready to begin. That is when the hand can be stopped, the song frozen, the art discontinued. Get past it and you may surprise yourself with what you can accomplish. Then the fear is allayed and life can be good. Give it a try. And I'd sure like to know if you do and how it came out.