First off, when I think of Eleanor Roosevelt, the movie Princess Diaries instantly pops into my head. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent,” is the quote which Joe tells Mia to inspire her to stick up for herself. So I’ve decided to continue on the inspirational women theme I started last week, especially when I saw this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt and couldn’t resist reposting.
“We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.”
I have posted quite a few blogs about inspiration—powering past your fears, heading for your dreams, pursuing greatness. All of those blogs were based on quotes that really, truly inspired me and I hoped that they would do the same for you.
When I saw this quote last week, I knew I had to blog about it. If you talk to my mom, many things seem to scare me which being in the hospitality world and talking to new people or having new experiences every day is probably not the best thing. However thinking about it, at work I don’t have a problem doing the things that intimidate or scare me, for the most part. I turn on autopilot, follow Nike and just do it. But personally, some things stop me dead in my track which drives my best friend crazy sometimes.
Whether it has been meeting new people in classes, trying a new and difficult workout, or talking to that guy, fear has a way of stopping us before we even try. We are afraid to fail, afraid to make a fool out of ourselves, afraid to put ourselves out there. But we don’t gain anything by being afraid, if anything we lose parts of ourselves because we aren’t willing to look fear in the face and overcome it, fear instead stands there holding us back.
I am definitely not saying that I am going to completely overcome my fears, but I do think I am going to be more conscious of what my fears may be preventing me from achieving some of which Eleanor Roosevelt talks about—strength, courage and confidence. So the next time you are thinking of doing something that scares you, think about it, but don’t let yourself talk you out of it. Some times by doing the things that we are scared of, it is when we feel the most alive and grow the most.
Just some food for thought! Have a wonderful Tuesday!!