Fear & Disappointment. What are you going to do ?


Disappointment is the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the non- fulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations.

Mark Twain, Riverboat, Art of Adventure, Adventure

Mark Twain – Author/Adventurer

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain

I will take this idea one step further.

Twenty minutes from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.

Twenty hours from now you will be even more disappointed.

Twenty days from now you will be even more disappointed than that.

What is wrong with us?

Why do we continue to put off those things we want to do, the desires of our heart?

There is only one answer. FEAR.

FEAR SUCKS. We all have fears most of which are entirely unfounded.

We all fear the “what ifs”.

What if I fail?

What if I lose everything?

What if I get hurt?

What if I lose my status?

What if someone makes fun of me?

What if my wife, husband, child, boyfriend, girlfriend, sister, dad, brother, mother, cousin, uncle, aunt, boss, co-worker, my pastor, neighbor sees me fail in my endeavor to live the life of my dreams.  What if?

It doesn’t matter what if. It just doesn’t matter what they think. Really, it doesn’t.
Don’t let THEIR fears and doubts stop you.

What does matter is what you think, not just now, but how you will feel in 20 minutes, 20 hours, 20 days and yes, 20 years.

Life is way too short to be disappointed by the things that you did not do.

Now is the time. But wait…. you say,  I’m afraid.


Fear is an emotion induced by a threat perceived by living entities, which causes a change in brain and organ function and ultimately a change in behavior, such as running away, hiding or freezing from traumatic events.

You know what it is you want. Yes, there will be failures along the way. You will be afraid. But you must try, you must put yourself in the arena.

gladiators, Rome, arena

Gladiators from a mosaic in ancient Rome.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

The decision is yours. Will you be disappointed by what you did not do twenty years from now? Even 20 minutes from now?  Will you quit being afraid?  Will you step into the arena?

I hope you do.

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