Sometime you really just need to bomb 💣to get passed your fear of something. An epic fail, awkward starfish, OMG, cringe-tastic, I’m-never-going-to-hear-the-end-of-this flub, kick in the pants, pie in the face, rosy cheeks, bury me in the sand kind of fail.
We can build up sooo much fear and pressure around something in our mind, to the point where we freeze ourselves from doing ANYTHING because of what might happen if we fail. But 99.9% of the time, a funny thing happens when you fail —
Sure, you might look like an idiot-face, but who cares? (We all do at least once in our lives)
I was talking to a friend about this recently. He said he had the perfect example. One night he was out with his girlfriend and her family and they decided to do karaoke. One by one they each went up and sang until finally, it was his turn.
Someone else picked his song. Ⓧ
It was an obscure oldie. Ⓧ
And they were in Nashville aka everyone and there dog could sing in perfect pitch Ⓧ
He sang and even danced and bombed like the best of them.
You should have heard him tell the story. He wore it like a badge of honor.
Now he can’t wait to try again.
The things most of us fear — public speaking, being called out in a crowd, doing standup, starting our own brand / band / blog etc — are just small trip down a sidewalk when we fail, not a tumble down Niagara falls like our minds tell us.
Here’s a crazy idea: why not just get it over with? Go out there on stage and bomb. Do your best of course, but if it sucks don’t worry about it.
When we bomb, we lose the pressure we built up to be incredibly perfect.
Give yourself permission to enjoy the bomb, that way, on the next round, there will be nothing left but enjoyment with the process of improving and becoming better.
Stay BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” — Thich Nhat Hanh
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.” — Louisa May Alcott