My biggest fear is that of failing at anything I take on. It could be losing weight, teaching my kids, singing at Karaoke, or publishing a book. I’m not talking about that little knot that sneaks into your tummy right before you stand up in front of a group and speak. I’m talking about paralyzing fear.
If you are reading this post, I bet you understand the type of fear I’m talking about. This type of fear can be detrimental to a writer. In fact, I’m fighting it right now with my second book. I want to publish my second novel, but my first book didn’t do as well as I had hoped, so I fear my second novel might not be good enough.
What if no one wants to read it? Or worse. What if they read it and hate it and leave a horrible review and no one else buys my book? What if I’m just kidding myself about being a writer? What if…what if…what if….
These thoughts keep me up at night and freeze my fingers when I’m trying to work on my other manuscripts. It’s this fear that paralyzes me from going to my computer and starting a new project that has been on my mind.
But there is a Bible verse that helps me remember why I do what I do and who is in my corner. Psalm 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.
God knows the plan for my life. He will direct my paths for success and not failure. I need only wait and listen to him for guidance.
BUT, and this is a big one. Sometimes failure has to happen in order for us to achieve success. The only way to succeed is to fail. Sounds contradictory huh? Go and read any successful man or woman’s biography. They all have stories of failure before their successes. So I need to look at failure as more of a learning experience…a right of passage…a way to make myself better. If I can turn something negative into a positive, maybe I won’t fear it so much.