I posted a picture last week, the day before school started on Facebook:
I wanted to encourage the students, the teachers, and everyone else that was and is starting something new and exciting and terrifying and wonderful and nervewracking.
Hal Anderson read it and got choked up. It touched on the part of him that could remember being a brand new news director all those years ago. He wanted his new position to go well, but felt very underqualified. Eager to give it a shot, but very aware that the whole thing could be a disaster.
We all have moments like that don’t we?
We talked about it on the air last week during our regular Thursday afternoon chat:
Here is Hal reading the Facebook post:
Many of us, when we feel that fear rise up in our bellies, and we realize that we are facing something terrifying, we back away.
That’s a good idea if what we are facing is a bear in the woods, or a man with a baseball bat. Back away. Please.
But so often, when we act on that fear, we make our lives smaller, because we are facing a new challenge that feels intimidating.
It just means it’s something hard, something worthwhile.
It’s not easy to live this life, is it?
So many things we need to do are hard. It would be easy to settle back and play it safe.
But what if…what if you swing for the fence?
Not trying plays it safe…but it also plays boring.
Think of the last time you did something you were proud of. What was it? How did it feel? How much courage did it require?
See?? It’s not easy…but it’s worth it.
Nevertheless…despite all the fears and possibilities and terror…go for it! You can give it a shot.
Showing up and giving it a shot is a sign of character.
Whether it goes over the fence or not is pure gravy.