- Putting a clothing item back on the rack because I don't think I can pull it off
- Staying quiet at parties because I think I'll say something stupid (which, in all fairness, is usually true)
- Not entering contests because I know I won't win
- Not promoting myself as a writer/singer/lover of the arts because I think people won't want to read/listen/appreciate
At some point we have to let go of one trapeze to get to the other, and there's always that horrible airborne moment where you're not sure if you'll make it to the other one (the trapeze metaphor has always horrified me because I'm scared of heights). But we can't move forward in life unless we do let go and take a risk. Most successful people, whatever their calling, failed more times than they succeeded. After all, it only takes the one "yes."
So how do you battle the fear demon?