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Monday, October 13, 2008

Fear is a Bitch

Monday. 9:22 am
I am not feeling my mojo. If I am honest with myself, I know that my lack of motivation this morning is stemming from my fear of failure. You see, I will be presenting a paper (exposing my ideas) at a conference at the end of the month. If I don't get over my fear of "having nothing important to say" and if I don't start writing the paper today, I really will have nothing to say the day of the conference (because the work will not have been done).

The best way to deal with fear, I have learned, is to work through it. If we are afraid of failure, and if we let that fear actually stop us from taking action, then we truly will fail. But, if we acknowledge that fear and get to work, then we have a greater chance of succeeding.

9:48 am
The phone rang and I took the call.

It's time to BRING IT with Total Body Plus.

Awesome workout. Is that a post-workout smile?

11:48. When the rubber hits the road
It's time to kick my fear to the curb, by taking action. I'm sitting down, about to start on this project. My goal? To get it started and write two pages. Once I'm done, I will be free for today to do as I please. How is that for incentive?

I'm working. I'm sure glad my hair is growing back, too.

Writing is a slow process, but it's going. The fear is gone. Dare I say it, I think I might actually be enjoying myself. It's taken me almost three hours to write the first paragraph. And yea, it's just a draft. I think I might have been overambitious when I set my goal of 2 pages. But, I will keep working until my brain gives out...I predict in about three hours.

6:02 pm
I have been fried since I last posted at 3pm. I didn't get as much done as I would have liked, but I feel satisfied with the amount of effort I put in and with the work I produced. I have 15 days to get my paper where I want it to be. If I write at least 5 days a week, I will get there. And yes, I will get there.

Hallelujah, my work day is done! It's snack time!

Bring it!

Barbie, PhD


Megan said...

Yes fear is definitely something that hold people back from their full potential. Fear can hold people back from living life to the fullest! I am working on busting my fear of failure, fear of change and fear of the unknown.



Coach Barbie, PhD said...

Hey, girl! Thanks for the comment! Congrats on becoming a coach, too!

I am reading a book that Josh recommended: THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG.

He talks a lot about the fear of failure and how we make excuses. I highly recommend it!

You know I'm also a fan of Jack Canfield's THE SUCCESS PRINCIPLES.



Megan said...

Thanks Barbie! I am still unsure about some things and I haven't heard anything from Josh lately. I guess I will figure it out eventually.

What's funny is that I went to the mall on Sunday with a couple friends from church and we ended up in Borders and I saw Jack Canfield's book and all I could do was start to giggle and think of you. I would never have noticed that book had I not seen it on your blog and read that you are a fan of his; however, I couldn't get it since I don't have any money. Oh birthday is coming up in a month so maybe I can get someone to buy it for me......



Coach Barbie, PhD said...

Hi Megan!

I love Jack! Ask and you shall receive, he says. So, be sure to ask for the book and you will get it! I don't know if I get a discount as an affiliate, but if I do, I'd be happy to give it to you.

Any questions, you need to reach out and ask. Email me or Josh any time!

Hug, Barbie