Overcoming Fear
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Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear
Have no fear of perfection - you'll never reach it.
Salvador Dali
There's no fear when you're having fun.
Will Thomas
What keeps you from trying something new? Not being good at it, doing a poor job of it, or looking like a fool? That’s the kind of thinking I’d like to change. We all have to realize that in just trying something new and overcoming the fear, we have already accomplished a brave achievement. We have succeeded regardless of the outcome. I have to admit, I spent quite a few years avoiding challenges, giving into my fear and taking the safe road. When I finally broke out of this bad habit, partially because I was forced to by my divorce, I finally realized what it felt like to be truly alive. Nothing will make you feel more energized than facing a fear head on and pushing yourself into unexplored territories.
A lot of brave souls who have never painted, or at least haven’t painted since grade school, have attended my Sociable Art classes. I like to tell them that they have already succeeded before they even touch the paintbrush to the canvas. Still a lot of the first timers tell me they are nervous before the class begins. Why? Because they are concerned that their painting will not look like mine. Most people have a little perfectionist whispering in their ear saying, “your effort will not be good enough”. I can put that voice to rest. No one’s effort will result in perfection, and that’s not what we’re aiming for.
What I’d like you to remember is that you are in a Sociable Art class to give your creativity a shove and wake it up out of it’s slumber. You will complete a painting by yourself. It will be your masterpiece whether it comes out looking a little abstract or very much like mine. You will be able to pat yourself on the back and say, “I did it!” and check another item off your bucket list. You might even find that it would be a fun hobby. We are there together for two hours to create and have fun doing it. It’s the journey not the destination that concerns us.
You will never be able to grow without challenging yourself and overcoming fear. Take a moment and examine some of the things you’d like to change and ask yourself what is holding you back. Maybe it’s time to start a new relationship, a new career, or move to a new town. Next time you’re faced with a new challenge, say your standing on the end of the high diving board, go ahead, jump in! I can promise it will be exhilarating.
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Dave Argentar on Thursday, September 06, 2012 10:22 AM
Very well said. Overcoming fear is probably the single biggest thing we can do to make our lives closer to the way we'd like them to be. Someone once said something like ships are safe in a harbor but ships were not made to sit in the harbor (I'm sure it was more articulate than that). Someone also once said that a journey of 1,000 miles begins with getting off your ass. Or booking a flight, or getting in the car. Maybe it was a single step. Either way, good advice.
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Arianne on Thursday, September 06, 2012 11:06 AM
Dave, thanks for reading the blog. Hard to have an adventure while sitting on the couch, right? Getting out there is half the battle.

Bryan on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:52 AM
Fear makes us uncomfortable enough, so yes I agree. It is good to make fear take a deserved back seat for a change! I believe that the thought of conforming to others' ideologies has played a big role in fear, for me. I used to catch myself avoiding involvement in things for that reason....worrying about how others may see me or rather judge me or that which I create. It has made me come to realize that the less I am concerned with the approval of others, the more I enjoy what I create and produce. Freedom of expression without fear of approval is exhilerating and defintely not to be taken for granted. And of course, the balance that it brings one's life is invaluable, in my opinion. Glad you are being bold by doing this blog! I have enjoyed following your accomplishment and growth over the past couple of years. It is apparent that you have crossed the fear threshold!
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Arianne on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 4:03 PM
Bryan, thanks for your support. You are a perfect example of what I was trying to convey. No one would have had the pleasure of enjoying your wonderful songs if you had not had a great deal of courage.

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