I was wasting time (yes, I do that) and reading some of my favorite blogs when, quite by accident, I came across this TedX talk by Jonathan Fields.
I listened to it, then I opened my notebook and wrote like crazy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkFRwhJEOos
For the youtube impaired, I’ll sum up by repeating Fields’s three questions you should ask yourself when you want to tackle something, but you’re afraid.
1) What will happen if I fail?
2) What will happen if I do nothing?
3) What will happen if I succeed?
On the surface, it doesn’t sound earth-shattering. But his point is that we often let unexamined fear stop us in our tracks.