“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho
I put the Alchemist in the “Favorite Books” section of my blog almost immediately after having finished it for the second time several months ago. Paulo Coelho is perhaps the greatest author alive today when it comes to speaking to the heart about finding the courage to pursue our dreams and higher calling.
In reviewing my notes on that book I came across the quote that I am sharing for today’s thought of the day as it ties in with the notion of failure that I have spoken of several times already in the past few weeks.
People often use the fear of failure as their primary motive for inaction. I will reiterate past discussions and say that the only way we truly fail is when we do not even make an attempt. The only failure is inaction. We often let our fear of failure prevent us from taking action because we are afraid that the failure will make us vulnerable, that it will allow the world to see us as we truly are – which is imperfect.
I will tie this idea of imperfection as well back to previous posts where we discussed that we must embrace imperfection because imperfection is the only reality. Perfection does not exist, it is merely an illusion or an abstract idea that we have allowed ourselves to be convinced is real. It isn’t. The sooner you can embrace your own imperfection, and the sooner you can face vulnerability, then the sooner you can conquer your fear of failure, and the sooner you can realize your dream.