Well it has been a while since I’ve written using a Daily Prompt. I look at them each day and know right away if it is something that jumps out at me.
I guess there is some irony here as the prompt that I actually finding something to write about is ‘Hesitate‘
Hesitation has been something that has followed me around like a loyal dog. It is always there, filling my head with doubt in my abilities and second guesses in my choices. There are countless opportunities that I have turned down because of hesitation. There are experiences I didn’t get to have because of hesitation. But, has hesitation saved me from bad choices? Has my need to feel ‘safe’ with my options actually saved me from something worse?
This is how we rationalize the hesitation.
The truth is, we don’t know. We don’t know what the outcome of the choices we didn’t make. We don’t know if our lives would be different, better, or worse, for the most part.
At risk of sounding like a motivational speaker, hesitation stops us from stepping outside our comfort zones and exploring our full potential.
So with this in mind, I challenge you to do one thing a week that you have hesitation about doing. It doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be skydiving or mountain climbing or anything risk taking. The point is to put yourself in a position you may not normally be. That could be trying a new class. Posting something online you normally wouldn’t. Join a club you’ve been wanting to join.
Is hesitation preventing you from being your best? Is hesitation preventing you from sharing your gifts with others? Is hesitation stopping you from helping others?
As I think about hesitation, I am reminded of a quote:
Emerson says so much in this quote. We go through life with with so much focus on the material. We hunger for money and things, yet hesitate when it is time to share those things or our time with others. We follow along this path because that is what we are taught to be important from a very young age.
It is when we don’t hesitate, that we not only reach our full potential internally, we also help others to reach theirs. Our focus changes from ‘how is this going to affect me?’ to ‘how can I affect others lives?’ The avarice we have been taught to strive for is changed and each time we overcome the hesitation, we grow and help others to do the same.