Guest post by Stacie Jones of Sun Lovin' Roots
So this just happened… was on my morning run and was in the middle of switching my playlist when BAM… I went flying straight into the concrete. Luckily this time, yes this has happened one other time, my hands caught my fall vs. my face (like last time). Phone went flying and as I got up and dusted myself off and looked nervously around to see if anyone saw, I gathered myself up and my phone and just continued my run. Thankfully I only have a few scrapes on my hands and I am sure the car driving by as I flew had a good Tuesday morning laugh (you’re welcome) but as I continued my run, I just started to think about why when we fall, most of the time, we pop up very quickly, look around to see if anyone saw and then go on our merry way ( even if we are in pain). But when it comes to failure, failing at something, we don't go for it because we are so fearful of the fall. Failure isn’t fun, it hurts, and it crushes your spirit, just like falling. And this is something I struggle with on a daily basis....
We have all experienced this in our lives, at one point or another. Me personally, over the past year, I have experienced this on a daily basis. Leaving my full-time job to pursue running SLR full-time has been such a blessing but has also been the hardest journey I have ever taken. It has taught be a lot about myself and has also had me deal with things that when you are sitting comfortably at a job with a steady paycheck, you don’t experience. Every time I put a new design out there, I always have the fear of “ what if nobody buys it” and trust me I have had a few styles that didn’t do well at all. I think it’s part of the business, it’s like I am betting on myself every single time a collection comes out and always wonder “will anyone buy this” because guess what… if nobody buys it, I take a hit. Me, myself and I- there isn’t anyone else in SLR with me but ME. So fear of failing is something I struggle with and face on a daily basis. And it’s something that can really paralyze you, if you let it. But the key is not letting it… easier said than done, I know.
But I do believe that having this fear inside of us isn’t all that bad. Now hear me out. Just like me falling this morning, it hurt, like bad. I remember the last time I fell it was awful, and I probably didn’t run outside again for at least a couple of months. Why? You guessed it, FEAR. I was terrified of falling again, but slowly but surely I got back out there and a couple of years later BAM, I did the exact same thing again. But me a few years ago vs. me now… I will not let it paralyze me and I will get back out there in the morning. Now I know falling while running is kind of a funny, yet not such a hard thing to overcome, totally get it. But the reason I even bring it up is because when we literally fall, what do we do? We pick ourselves up and keep going, right? We have NO other choice, so it’s the same as failure. We are so terrified of failing that we don’t ever do the things that our soul is craving. But going after what you want, what is the worst thing that can happen? You guessed it… falling flat on your face. And guess what, if you do, you will pick yourself back up and try a different approach. Yes it will hurt. Yes it will be gut wrenching. But you have to decide you want it more than you are afraid of it. Don’t let it limit you.
So beauty, if you want that raise, go and ask for it. What’s the worst that can happen? You are told no and then maybe that sets you up to go find a different job that pays you what you are worth? Maybe you have a dream of traveling the world, or leaving your current job to start your own business. Maybe you want to take that new barre class but are terrified of going alone or you weren’t in the greatest relationship and are fearful of getting back into the dating game. Whatever it is, don’t let the thought of falling down distract you from doing things in your life. Once you get passed the fear, you will fly. It might not be in the direction you thought you would be going, but when you turn that emotion into an action and you aren’t living so small, great things will happen. And if you fall.... pick yourself up, dust your beautiful self off and just keep going.
Be Balanced. Live Spontaneously. Do YOU!
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